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Suspect in Mo. girl’s abduction dies

Associated Press / July 9, 2010

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LOUISIANA, Mo. — A man sought in the abduction of a 4-year-old Missouri girl has died after shooting himself as police officers arrived at his home, police said yesterday.

The man died Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Charles, said Al Nothum, State Highway Patrol Sergeant. His name has not been released.

It was a gruesome twist to the story of Alisa Maier, a little girl who was snatched from the front yard of her Louisiana, Mo., home about 8 p.m. Monday while her mother was inside cooking dinner. Her 6-year-old brother, Blake, told police a young man in a dark-colored car pulled up and told Alisa to get in the vehicle.

A little more than 24 hours later, a dark-colored car was seen at a car wash in St. Louis County, about 70 miles to the south. About the same time, a child was found wandering around the car wash. It turned out to be Alisa.

Police followed up on more than 100 leads in the search for her kidnapper. About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers approached a tiny home in Hawk Point, Mo. As officers sought to talk to a man they described as a “person of interest,’’ he pulled out a handgun and shot himself.

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