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Car found in abortion-provider killing


Anyone with any information on Dr. Slepian's killing is asked to contact:

Amherst, New York Police Dept: 716-689-1390
New York State Police: 716-343-2200
FBI (Buffalo, New York office): 716-856-7800


December 23, 1998
Web posted at: 12:07 p.m. EST (1707 GMT)

AMHERST, New York (CNN) -- A car belonging to James Kopp, a man sought for questioning in the sniper killing of a New York abortion provider, has been located in New Jersey, authorities said Wednesday.

Dr. Barnett Slepian was killed October 23 by a shot fired from a high-powered rifle through the kitchen window of his home in suburban Buffalo, New York.

The car, a 1987 black Chevrolet Cavalier, had been spotted in Slepian's neighborhood in the weeks before the 52-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist was killed. It was discovered by a police officer on December 18 in a parking lot at Newark International Airport where it had been parked for an "unusually long time," said one investigator.


The Vermont license plate had been removed and replaced with a tag from another state, authorities said. They declined to say what, if anything, was found in the vehicle.

Kopp, 44, a radical abortion protester, is not being called a suspect, but authorities have obtained a material-witness warrant for his arrest and are searching for him throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The U.S. government is offering a $500,000 reward in the case.

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