louisiana kidnapping alisa maier Alisa Maier's rescuers to receive honors

Alisa Maier

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The FBI in St. Louis is honoring three people who played important roles in the rescue of 4-year-old Alisa Maier.

At a ceremony Friday, the FBI is recognizing Ashley Gibbs, Kevin McNeely and Neil Tague.

Alisa was kidnapped outside her Louisiana, Mo., home on July 5.

She was found safe wandering around a carwash in suburban St. Louis – 70 miles from her home – the next day.

The suspected kidnapper, Paul Smith, shot himself when confronted by police that same week.

Gibbs and McNeely found Alisa at the carwash in Fenton. 

Tague’s role wasn’t immediately known.

Copyright Associated Press


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