Thursday, April 27, 2000

Search narrows for man missing from Ky. hotel

Authorities focus on swamp in N.J.

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer
and The Associated Press

        New Jersey authorities and the FBI narrowed their search for a English man believed abducted from a Florence hotel by his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend to a swampy area in New Jersey late Wednesday.

        Word of the search came hours after Greg Marcinski, 23, of Brick, N.J., was or dered returned to Kentucky to face charges of impersonating a federal agent in connection with the disappearence of Paul Jeffrey Gale, who was last seen at a Florence Holiday Inn early on April 17.

        Authorities would not say what led police and federal agents to focus their search on a swampy area two miles from Mr. Marcinski's home in Brick Township in New Jersey's Ocean County.

        A U.S. magistrate ordered Mr. Marcinski to be returned from Trenton, N.J., where he is being held without bond. He is charged in U.S. District Court in Covington with impersonating an FBI agent and in state court with kidnapping.

        Earlier Wednesday, FBI Special Agent Pat Maley said authorities in the Florence area are searching “650 miles between here and New Jersey” for leads to Mr. Gale's disappearance.

        Police allege Mr. Marcinski drove from New Jersey to the hotel and, posing as an FBI agent, handcuffed Mr. Gale and drove away. Mr. Marcinski was driving a white 1989 Buick Century with the New Jersey license plate KR684U.

        A federal affidavit alleges that Mr. Marcinski was despondent that Mr. Gale was dating his former girlfriend, Darla Guidie. The affidavit alleges that Mr. Marcinski told Special Agent Larry Adams he drove from New Jersey to Florence and picked up Mr. Gale because he wanted to “clear the air.”

        Mr. Marcinski told authorities he and Mr. Gale drove around for an hour or two early that morning.

        But he said he dropped the missing man off in the parking lot of the Marriott hotel near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Mr. Gale asked to be left there, the suspect said, because he had a co-worker staying there who would take him back to his hotel. Mr. Gale, a salesman from Manchester, England, works for TRW Integrated Supply of Mount Laurel, N.J.

        Earlier, investigators were looking into a phone call from Mr. Gale's cellular phone to the ex-girlfriend's house about 3 a.m. the day he disappeared.

        Agents say the call registered at a cellular phone tower along Interstate 71, about halfway between Cincinnati and Columbus.


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