"Dead" man arrested for kidnapping and murder

JACKSON, MS (AP) - The FBI says a Mississippi man who was once considered legally dead has been arrested in the kidnapping of a slain Las Vegas girl whose body was found in the woods of central Louisiana.

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne said Thomas Steven Sanders was arrested early Sunday in Gulfport, Miss. The arrest capped a massive manhunt in a bizarre case that stretched across the country. Court documents obtained by The Associated Press show Sanders abandoned his family in 1987 and was declared dead in by a Mississippi court 1994.

He lived unnoticed for years despite being arrested several times. Sanders was wanted in the kidnapping 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose skeleton was found by hunters early last month.