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Sex offender not the only lead in Tacoma girl's abduction

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TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum says a sex offender in custody as a person of interest is not the only lead in the abduction of a 12-year-old girl.

He says investigators are still tracking down information coming from their requests for tips and information from the public about Zina Linnik.

She was abducted near her home the night of the Fourth of July. A tip lead investigators to search yesterday at the Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah. Fulghum says they're checking a towel and trash that were found, but he says the items may not be connected to the case. The FBI is helping with the investigation.

The person of interest is a 42-year-old sex offender from Thailand who is being held for failing to register and for an immigration violation.

A search warrant says investigators found girl's undergarments Monday at the home where the man lives alone. He says he's remodeling the home for his sister.

Investigators also seized a gray van to search for evidence, and the man admitted he had recently changed the license plate. The man denies any involvement in the Zina's  disappearance.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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