Federal prosecutors plan to return a 58-year-old Alaska man to Los Angeles for trial in the kidnaping a 5-year-old Venice girl in August, 1981, U.S. Atty. Robert Bonner announced Thursday.
Bonner said he expects a federal grand jury indictment returned against John R. Altig to supersede the sexual molestation charges filed by Alaska authorities in Anchorage, where Altig has been held without bail.
In the indictment returned Thursday, Altig is charged with one count each of kidnaping and interstate travel with a female for immoral purposes.
Elvia Vasquez, who was 19 months old when she disappeared from a park near Venice Beach, was found in Anchorage on Jan. 25, living in a trailer with Altig. He claimed that the girl was his illegitimate daughter, Crystal Morgan.