Gun found at kidnap suspect’s home tied to killing

HAWK POINT, Mo. | Authorities in northeast Missouri say they’ve linked a gun found at the home of a suspected child kidnapper to the killing of an auto shop owner.

Convicted sex offender Paul Smith fatally shot himself Wednesday as police approached him at his home in Hawk Point.

Police believe Smith kidnapped 4-year-old Alisa Maier on Monday night outside her home in Louisiana, Mo. She was found unharmed Tuesday night outside a car wash in the St. Louis County town of Fenton.

KSDK-TV reports a second gun was found at the suspected kidnapper’s home. Police said Friday it appeared to be the gun that killed Jeff Smith at his Hawk Point shop, Smitty’s Garage, on July 3. More tests will be done.

Police believe he was killed after interrupting a burglary.