Fremont County deputies investigating kidnapping in Cotopaxi area

Paul Castaneda / Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Paul Castaneda / Fremont County Sheriff's Office

This story has been updated. 

COTOPAXI, Colo. — Fremont County deputies are investigating after a girl was kidnapped by an acquaintance in the Cotopaxi area Wednesday evening.

Deputies said around 6 p.m. Wednesday, they went to Kit Carson Trail in Cotopaxi to investigate a report of a suspicious person. They found the man in the area of Ridge Road, near Copper Gulch in Cotopaxi. He was driving with a revoked license and had a 7-year-old girl with him, according to deputies.

Deputies investigated and determined they had discovered a kidnapping that hadn’t yet been reported. Paul Castaneda, 30, who is not related to the girl, had taken her without her father’s knowledge, according to deputies. Deputies said Castaneda had been living with the girl’s family in Cañon City but was not authorized to take her.

Castaneda was arrested and jailed on $50,000 bond.

The girl, who was unharmed, was returned to her family.

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