Child abduction suspect takes life after Rifle-area manhunt
The suspect in a Grand Junction child abduction case who was the subject of an all-night manhunt near Rifle into the early hours Friday morning died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Rifle Police.
Garfield County Coroner Rob Glassmire said in a report issued late Friday afternoon that an autopsy was performed and the man was officially identified as Jody Kyle Haskin, 47, of Grand Junction.
An active police had been ongoing involving Haskin, who was wanted in the abduction of his 12-year-old stepdaughter in Grand Junction Wednesday. Police found the girl, Raeanna Rosencrans, at the Wal-Mart in Rifle about 10 p.m. Thursday.
The girl was safe and was placed in the custody of law enforcement. Police said she appeared to be unharmed, but was transported to a local hospital to be checked out.
The Rifle Police Department posted to Facebook Friday morning stating that the “suspect has been located.” Soon after, department spokeswoman Robin Steffen confirmed the suspect had died.
Officers were searching for Haskin early Friday morning when they encountered an armed adult male matching the suspect’s description just before 7 a.m. near Enterprise Court east of Wal-Mart.
According to police reports, officers ordered the male to drop his weapon. He refused, and ultimately shot himself, police said.
Rifle PD conducted a death investigation with the assistance of the FBI, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department.
Grand Junction police on Thursday evening issued an arrest warrant for Haskin, who was wanted for second-degree kidnapping in the case in which the girl was reportedly picked up at a school bus stop by Haskin on Wednesday.
After being traced to Rifle, police from multiple agencies searched overnight for Haskin along the Colorado River and Interstate 70 corridor in the Rifle area.
According to published reports, Haskin was a convicted sex offender who had a separate warrant for his arrest out of Grand Junction for a case involving alleged sexual abuse of a child.
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More charges are pending against a 54-year-old Rifle man accused of child sexual assault and a pattern of abuse over several years involving multiple victims.