A national militia leader who helped in negotiations at Ruby Ridge and the Freemen standoff in Montana is joining the search for abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Rudolph.

James "Bo" Gritz, a retired Green Beret colonel, said Wednesday he stands a better chance of bringing Rudolph out of the woods than federal agents.He said he and a group of volunteers will start searching Aug. 15, trying to find Rudolph and persuade him to turn himself in.

Investigators have suggested Rudolph, who was loosely affiliated with several extremist groups, might have attended speeches by Gritz.

"I'm asking Eric to turn himself over to my care. I'll give the $1 million reward for his capture to his mother or whoever he designates," Gritz said. "Give him $1 million and give him a lawyer, and he has no reason to stay in the weeds."