Update:
  • Jesse Paul Speer will appear in Gallatin County District Court at 1:30 p.m. for an extradition hearing.
  • A police press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Gallatin County jail.

Update, 11:53 a.m. - The Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and Belgrade Police Department will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. to discuss their roles in the apprehension of Jesse Speer.


Update, 10:44 a.m. - The 39-year-old Manhattan man arrested on felony charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and use of a firearm stemming from the abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo., will appear in Gallatin County District Court at 1:30 p.m. today.

Jesse Paul Speer will appear in District Judge Holly Brown’s courtroom for an extradition hearing.

Speer is accused of abducting the girl Oct. 8. The FBI reported Sunday that Speer was arrested in Belgrade over the weekend and is being held on $2 million bond.

Jodi Hausen can be reached at jhausen@dailychronicle.com or 582-2630.


Update, 9:33 a.m. - The FBI has announced that a press conference will be held at 10 a.m. at Cody City Hall.


A 39-year-old Manhattan man was being held in Gallatin County jail Sunday on charges of kidnapping, jail officials told the Chronicle Sunday.

Jesse Speer was booked into the jail at about 11 p.m., Saturday and was being held for Wyoming authorities at the request of the FBI. He was being held on $2 million bail.

Attempts to reach the FBI were not successful Sunday, but Speer is apparently a suspect in and the abduction of an 11-year-old Cody, Wyo., girl earlier this month.

The Cody Enterprise reported on its website Sunday that the kidnapping suspect had been arrested near Bozeman, although the newspaper did not initial name the suspect. It also reported that members of the Cody Police Department were in Bozeman and that authorities had recovered a white SUV purportedly driven by the suspect.

On Oct. 8, police said the kidnapper lured the young girl into his SUV by claiming that he needed help finding his missing puppy. He later threatened her with a pistol.

The girl's friends subsequently reported the incident to police, and an Amber Alert was issued at about 6:45 p.m. She was found walking down a rural road about a half hour later by hunters. The girl's abductor had apparently released her.

The circumstances of Speer's arrest were not released. Typically, a suspect wanted in another state would appear in Gallatin County District Court to be informed of the pending charges and to start the legal proceedings to extradite him from Montana.

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