Investigation Continues Into Dale Co. Hostage Situation

The investigation continues into the Dale County hostage situation.

This undated photo released by the FBI on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, shows the pipe FBI agents and Dale County negotiators used to communicate with Jimmy Lee Dykes while he held a 5-year-old boy hostage in a bunker on his Midland City, Ala. property for a week. The pipe was also used to send food, medicine, and other items into the bunker. The boy was rescued and his captor was killed when federal agents raided the bunker on Monday. (AP Photo/FBI)

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities are digging around the site where a man held a little boy hostage after killing a school bus driver in southeast Alabama.

Aerial photos taken Friday by The Associated Press show workers have partially excavated the bunker constructed by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.

Concrete-block steps lead up to the shelter's hatch-type door, which is open.

The images show authorities also are digging around the opening of a steel shipping container that neighbors say Dykes used for storage on his 1.5-acre tract near Midland City.

Officials say Dykes died of multiple gunshot wounds during an exchange of gunfire with FBI hostage rescuers on Monday. The 6-year-old is safe and back with his family after the six-day ordeal.

Authorities say Dykes fatally shot bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr.

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MIDLAND CITY, AL - The investigation continues into the Dale County hostage situation.

The FBI's evidence response team is still processing the scene. They hope to be finished in the next 36-hours and let residents go back home.

At that time the scene will be turned over to the sheriff's department.


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