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Email led investigators on suspect's trail from Australia to Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- An email -- that's exactly how police tracked the Australian man accused in a fake bomb and extortion plot to Kentucky.

The story in Paul Douglas Peters' 12-page arrest warrant leaps from the page like a suspense novel:  "Count to two hundred.  I'll be back.  If you move I can see you."  Those were the chilling final words police say Peters spoke to Madeleine Pulver as he strapped a black box to her neck.

The report says she was at home alone studying for a high school test and cried hysterically as chaos unfolded.  It took officers ten hours to realize the bomb was fake.

Afterwards, Pulver commented, "Yeah, yeah, it's all very surreal....It's good, I'm glad it's over."

Court records show Peters left a ransom note on Pulver's neck listing a Gmail account for contact.  Investigators tracked the IP address to a Chicago airport where Peters was spotted on security footage.

It was set up in May, but not accessed until August 3rd, the day of the attack.

Peters flew through the same airport five days later to Kentucky, where FBI agents found him in the back yard of his ex-wife's home.

He was formally charged with kidnapping and breaking and entering Tuesday in Federal Court in Louisville, wearing the same pink shirt rolled to the elbows that Pulver described to police.

Luke Moore of the New South Wales Police says, "He will be remanded in custody for a period of up to 60 days, by which time the Australian government will make a formal application to U.S. authorities for an extradition hearing."

A judge set that extradition hearing for Paul Peters on October 14th.  In the meantime, he remains in federal custody at the Oldham County Jail.

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