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CONWAY, Ark. (AP) _ A 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her home this week was found dead in a storage unit, along with the body of a California man believed to have abducted her.
The bodies of Kacie Rene Woody and 47-year-old David Fuller were found Wednesday after police went to the storage facility on a tip and heard a shot ring out.
Kacie and Fuller both suffered gunshot wounds; police believe the shot that was heard was Fuller committing suicide. Montgomery said officers did not fire their weapons.
Kacie had been reported missing Tuesday.
``We tried desperately to get Miss Woody back to her family safe, but we were unable,″ Faulkner County Sheriff Marty Montgomery said.
Autopsy results were pending. Police Maj. Mark Elsinger said police suspect the girl was sexually assaulted.
Authorities believe Kacie met Fuller in an Internet chat room about a month ago and that he likely deceived her into believing he was much younger.
Her brother reported her missing from their home in rural Holland, about 30 miles north of Little Rock. The children’s father, a police officer in a nearby town, was at work at the time. Their mother died five years ago.
Officers suspected the girl was kidnapped because she left the home without any shoes.
``At the beginning, it was obvious to us that she did not just run off,″ sheriff’s spokesman Jack Pike said.
Evidence showed Fuller behaved methodically, and investigators are examining unsolved kidnappings around the country for possible links.
``There weren’t a lot of missteps made or sloppiness on his part,″ said Conway Police Maj. Mark Elsinger. ``It’s a gut instinct that tells us this wasn’t his first time.″
Fuller had lived in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa before coming to Arkansas in November, and police there were preparing to help federal agents serve a search warrant on a residence.