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Authorities seeking East Texas man who allegedly kidnapped, raped 14-year-old girl

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Franklin Coy Kuhl, Jr. (Source: Hopkins County Sheriff's Office) Franklin Coy Kuhl, Jr. (Source: Hopkins County Sheriff's Office)
HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - East Texas authorities are seeking a male suspect wanted in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old female.

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that they are searching for 49-year-old Franklin Coy Kuhl, Jr. He is wanted for trafficking of persons.

Officers initially received a call from the alleged victim stating that a family friend had taken her to a hotel in Greenville and raped her. The incident occurred around February 1. Police say she is now safe at home.

Kuhl works for a construction business in Kaufman County, but lives in and is wanted out of Hopkins County. He is believed to be driving a red early 2000 or late 1990s model Chevy Cavalier.

Kuhl is 5'6" tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He is bald with a handlebar mustache and goes by his middle name, Coy. He has tattoos on his left hand, both upper arms, his back and chest.

Anyone with information regarding Kuhl's location is asked to contact the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office at 903-438-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020.

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