- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2002

The FBI yesterday added a suspected child molester, Michael Scott Bliss, to its "Ten Most Wanted" list of fugitives, saying a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for any information leading to his arrest.
The addition of Bliss to the list was announced yesterday by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. Bliss replaces Christian Longo, a Ten Most Wanted fugitive captured Jan. 14 in Mexico in connection with the murder of his wife and three children.
Bliss, a felon, is being sought for the repeated molestation of a 9-year-old girl, according to the FBI. The 36-year-old Massachusetts native is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The FBI officials said Bliss is accused of molesting the girl beginning in September 2000 and continuing through April.
They said he had finished serving a prison term for aggravated assault on three minors just two months before the suspected new attacks began.
Many of the suspected molestations, which occurred in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, were videotaped by Bliss, the FBI said, noting that portions of the tapes later were converted to computer files for possible placement on the Internet.
On April 9, prosecutors in Vermont issued an arrest warrant for Bliss charging him with four counts of aggravated sexual assault on a minor. In addition, Bliss is wanted on state charges of aggravated sexual assault in New Hampshire.
On June 6, a federal arrest warrant was issued in Vermont charging Bliss with interstate travel to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile, coercion and enticement of an individual to travel interstate to engage in a sexual act, aggravated sexual abuse with children, and sexual exploitation of children.
Bliss was described by the FBI as a white male, 5-foot-11, 195 to 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was born on March 4, 1965, in Greenfield, Mass. The FBI said Bliss may limp slightly due to an old injury to his right leg. He is balding, left-handed and, at times, may wear glasses.
FBI officials said Bliss is known to smoke and rolls his own cigarettes, is proficient in the use of computers and enjoys baseball and car racing.
In the past, they said, he worked as a delivery truck driver and is known to travel throughout northern New England, the West Coast, and Canada.
They said Bliss has ties to Vermont, New Hampshire and the San Diego area. A vehicle he rented on April 7 was found by authorities at the Los Angeles International Airport on June 6.
Bliss is the 470th person to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, which was established in 1950. Since then, 441 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 143 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
FBI officials said a reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to Bliss' arrest. They said people with information should take no action themselves, but contact the nearest office of the FBI or local law enforcement agency.
In the arrest of Mr. Longo, 27, earlier this month, the FBI said he was accused of killing his wife, Mary Jane, 34, and children, Zachary, 4, Sadie Ann, 3, and Madison, 2, then dumping their bodies into two Pacific Coast inlets.
The killing of Mrs. Longo and the couple's three children surfaced Dec. 19 when a child's body a boy was spotted floating in a coastal inlet near Waldport, Ore. No one claimed the child.
A second body, a little girl, was found in the same shallow inlet three days later.
On Christmas Eve, a tip led investigators to Michigan, where family members identified the children as Zachary and Sadie Ann. Their parents had moved to the Newport, Ore., area from Ypsilanti, Mich., about three months earlier, authorities said.
The bodies of Mrs. Longo and Madison were found two days later in a marina in Newport.


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