Just days after 4-year-old kidnapping victim Alisa Maier was found alive at a gas station, the manÂ wanted for questioning in her abductionÂ shot himself as police approached his home in Hawk Point, Missouri.Â The 38-year-old man, Paul Serling Smith,Â died Wednesday night at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum told reporters.
Smith (at left) was a convicted sex offender who was released from jail two weeks ago after an arrest on drug charges. He pleaded guilty to sodomy in 1995 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The victim in that crime was 10 years old.
Alisa had been snatched from the front yard of her home in Louisiana, Missouri as she played with her 6-year-old brother, Blake. Little Blake told police a young man in a dark-colored car pulled up and ordered Alisa to get in. A little more than 24 hours later, a dark-colored car was seen at a car wash in St. Louis County, some 70 miles to the south. About the same time, a child was seen wandering around the car wash. It turned out to be Alisa.
Source: CBS News
Here is a news report from CNN on theÂ shooting deathÂ of Paul Serling Smith: