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Update: Official says boy safe, abductor dead after standoff in Ala.

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.

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The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said today 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.

It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.

Earlier today, officials had said they had been sending food and medicine to Dykes and the boy in the bunker.

The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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