JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Jefferson City boy and the man charged with kidnapping him have been found dead in southeastern Missouri, in what police are investigating as a homicide-suicide.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports ( ) the bodies of 6-year-old Markell Beasley and 40-year-old St. Louis resident Demetrius Beasley were found Tuesday night at a home in Cape Girardeau. Police said both had been shot.

Demetrius Beasley, who was not Markell’s biological father, was charged earlier Tuesday with kidnapping.

Markell’s mother told police she had allowed her son to travel to St. Louis from Jefferson City on Saturday for a Christmas gathering with Demetrius Beasley’s family. But the mother said she later learned there was no gathering and that Beasley did not intend to return Markell.

The mother and Beasley had a previous relationship.

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our earlier story:

UntitledJEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday evening for a six year old Jefferson City boy missing since Saturday. Six year old Markell Beasley is said to be with 40 year old Demitrius Beasley , who is not his biological father.

Demitrius Beasley told the boy’s mother he was taking the youth to a Christmas gathering in St. Louis, but later indicated he wasn’t going to bring the youth back.

Anyone with information concerning their wearabouts should dial 9-1-1

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