From Corry State Police:
This incident occurred as a 14 year old female victim was reported missing on 08/09/22 from her residence in Amity Township, Erie County, PA. Through the investigation it was determined the accused, Thomas E. GROSSMAN III – 47 years old, had begun a relationship with the victim through social media. The relationship progressed as GROSSMAN began to exchange sexually explicit photographs with the victim. It was determined on 08/09/22, GROSSMAN and the Victim had communicated via telephone multiple times within a 24 hour period. The investigation revealed GROSSMAN traveled to Amity township in a vehicle and subsequently picked up the victim near her residence. On 08/10/22 GROSSMAN began to travel south from the Erie area with the victim. GROSSMAN’s vehicle was subsequently located at a Walgreen’s store parking lot in Summersville, WV by the Summersville police department. GROSSMAN was taken into custody and the victim was safely returned to her family. GROSSMAN was lodged in Central Regional jail in Flatwoods, WV on charges of abduction and child concealment. His bond was set at $500,000. The Erie County district attorney was contacted and authorized charges of kidnapping, interference with the custody of children, corruption of minors and concealment of the whereabouts of a child against GROSSMAN. A felony arrest warrant was obtained. Extradition of GROSSMAN from WV is pending.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is assisting with this investigation.