Feds: Palisade fugitive believed hiding in Ozarks

Warrant issued earlier this year for man accused of molesting girl

James Tiner

The FBI on Thursday said a Palisade child-sex-assault fugitive and reputed outdoorsman is believed to be hiding in the Ozark Mountain region of northern Arkansas.

But tips, as of late, have dried up on James David Tiner, 59, who has been wanted on federal charges since June 11, when a warrant issued for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to Dave Joly, spokesman for the FBI’s office in Denver.

“He knows he’s wanted, but our leads are not coming in as consistently as we like and now we’re asking for the public’s help,” said Joly, whose office on Thursday distributed a wanted poster to national media.

A state warrant was issued for Tiner’s arrest in April, charging him with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child in a pattern of abuse and sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Authorities allege Tiner sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl on multiple occasions between September 2009 and June 2010 after advertising himself in the newspaper as a music teacher for hire. According to the FBI, Tiner had at least four sexual encounters with the child, who attended the lessons at Tiner’s home, and a search of the home allegedly turned up multiple videos and photographs of the girl while she was naked and performing sexual acts with Tiner. Additional photos of unknown pre-pubescent, nude females also were found in Tiner’s home, the FBI said.

Tiner may be driving a red Isuzu Rodeo with Colorado license plates 577YGP or unknown Arkansas plates. He also may be in the company of his dog “Kili.” Tiner is known to be an avid outdoorsman and possibly staying in campgrounds or national parks.

Tiner has ties to Little Rock, Ark., and was last seen in that area on June 15, 2012.

He was last seen in Palisade on April 23 near the former Palisades National Bank, 600 W. Eighth St., according to Palisade police. A search of his former home at 203 Crawford Lane turned up several weapons, but it’s unknown if he’s armed, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call their local FBI office.


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