Aussie 'Collar Bomb' Suspect Busted in Kentucky

Suspect is 50-year-old businessman with links to victim's family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:04 AM CDT
Sydney Collar Bomb Suspect Paul 'Doug' Peters Busted in Kentucky
Madeleine's father, Bill Pulver, said the family was "enormously relieved" by the arrest.    (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

An Australian suspected of being the man who broke into a Sydney home and attached a phony collar bomb to a teenage girl has been arrested in Kentucky. Paul "Doug" Peters, 50, was arrested in a Louisville suburb by a team of FBI agents and Australian police, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The FBI says Peters had been staying at his ex-wife's home since leaving Australia a few days after the bomb hoax.

It took a team of experts 10 hours to remove the device, described as a very elaborate fake, from the neck of 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver, the daughter of one of Sydney's richest men. Investigators say Peters, a businessman who spends a lot of time in the US, has links to the Pulver family. The note attached to the phony bomb made no financial demands, but police are still investigating extortion as a motive. (Read more Madeleine Pulver stories.)

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