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DA: Suspect could be involved in girl's death

ALBANY -- Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards confirmed Thursday that Clay County, Fla., sheriff's investigators and the FBI have been made aware of the arrest of a man here who Edwards thinks could be linked to the death of a Florida girl, though the prosecutor says there is no evidence directly linking him to the girl.

Edwards said his office has forwarded information on Kenneth Kellam, who was arrested here Tuesday after following two elementary school boys home. Edwards said it's "geographically feasible" that Kellam could have a connection to the death of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Florida.

"It's geographically feasible that he could have a connection to that case, and his M.O. is similar," Edwards said. "So we have passed the information along to the proper authorities in Florida, and the FBI has taken an interest."

Edwards was quick to say there is no direct link between Kellam and the Florida slaying, adding that local authorities have acted out of due diligence to notify authorities in Florida.

"We've been told they've received more than 1,500 tips in that case, and this may just be another one. But we have the obligation to report it," Edwards said.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett refused to comment on what he said were the "day-to-day" operations of investigators and would not confirm whether the FBI had interviewed Kellam at the Dougherty County Jail.

Kellam was denied bond by Magistrate Victoria Darrisaw Thursday and was remanded to the custody of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities in Charlton County in southeast Georgia confirmed last week that the remains of a young girl discovered in a landfill there were those of Somer Thompson, who police believe was abducted Oct. 19 while walking home from school.

Kellam was released from the Florida prison system in 2008 and was required to register as a sex offender.