REPORTS: MISSOURI MAN EYED IN ABDUCTION CASE DIES
Paul S. Smith, a 38 year old registered sex offender, who was a person of interest in theabduction of 4 year old Alisa Maier, shot himself Wednesday when the police approached him forquestioning. Alisa was found a day later wandering around a car wash parking lot in a St.Louis suburb more than 80 miles from her home. Smith was listed on the Missouri sex offenderregistry as having sodomized a 10 year old boy in 1995. He also served prison time oncharges of tampering with a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Even after Smithshot himself, police still refused to call him a suspect in the case. We're not saying thisis a suspect. He's a person of interest. Authorities also wouldn't comment on whetherAlisa was sexually assaulted during her roughly 26 hour ordeal. She was examined at a St.Louis hospital for nearly three hours on Tuesday night, where she was also reunited with herparents.