Alabama Boy Free After Days in Captivity
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a days-long standoff between police and the boy's abductor.
The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
Dykes, a decorated Vietnam veteran, then took Ethan to an underground bunker that neighbors had seen him digging. The bunker is believed to be roughly 8 by 6 feet and to be stocked with supplies. The bunker has a ventilation pipe that authorities have used to deliver items. Authorities have not discussed a motive for the kidnapping.