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Jimmy Lee Dykes' Body Removed from Bunker; Coroner Confirms Multiple Gunshot Wounds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama coroner says the body of a man who held a 5-year-old hostage for nearly a week before being killed in a shootout with the FBI received `multiple gunshot wounds.'

Dale County Coroner Woodrow Hilboldt said he was allowed into the bunker where Jim Lee Dykes lay Wednesday evening and pronounced him dead at 8:58 p.m.

Hilboldt said Dykes' body had "multiple gunshot wounds," but he declined to give the exact number of wounds or where on his body he had been shot.

The coroner said Thursday that Dykes' body was taken to a state forensics laboratory in Montgomery for an autopsy.

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The body of a man who fatally shot a school bus driver and held a 5-year-old boy hostage for nearly a week before dying in a shootout with the FBI has finally been removed from his underground bunker in Alabama.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack says the body was removed Wednesday night, after agents determined there were no other explosives on the property besides those that were discovered in a PVC pipe leading into the bunker and inside the bunker itself.

An autopsy was planned for Thursday. Dale County Coroner Woodrow Hilboldt has said it will be performed at the state forensic laboratory in Montgomery.

FBI agent Paul Bresson said Wednesday now that additional explosives have been ruled out, evidence-collection and review teams have begun sifting through the crime scene.


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