VALDOSTA -- Valdosta police are still searching for alleged abortionist Dr. Charles Rossmann more than two months after he disappeared in the face of criminal abortion charges.

Commander Steve Heaton said Rossmann is believed to be in the Czech Republic -- his native country -- and that the department was researching extradition options with the Eastern European country.

"We've done some research into the extradition agreement between the United States and the Czech Republic," he said.

"We've asked the U.S. Attorney's office to review the matter and we are waiting hear from them."

Rossmann was charged on May 20 with one count of criminal abortion after a woman who was 30-weeks pregnant allegedly requested Rossmann perform an abortion, fearing the child would be born with Down syndrome. Rossmann apparently induced labor and then allegedly left the woman alone in his office.

According to investigators, the woman unsuccessfully attempted to contact Rossmann and was forced to call 911. Police had to force their way into the building to help the woman who had given birth.

The male child died 12 days later in a critical care unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Rossmann was subsequently charged with two more counts of criminal abortion after two more alleged victims came forward. He is also charged with four counts of having prescription medications out of their original container.

Two members of Rossmann's staff were also charged in connection with the incident. Both were charged with reckless conduct and one faces charges of false imprisonment, as well.

Investigators are also considering new charges against Rossmann, pending the outcome of an autopsy on the body of the child, Heaton said.

a committee to recruit new business, and addressing employee issues for the manufacturing sector.

In total, the members were updated on the programs of more than a dozen active committees, which combined have set nearly 100 goals to reach by the end of 2003.

In other action, Board Chairman Andy Deal nominated Hiram Rivera of MAAX Southeast to serve out the three year board term of Joe Capers, the manager of J.C. Penney, who was recently transferred out of state. He also nominated Kelly Davis to serve as the new chairman of the Hahira committee. Both motions passed.

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