The man wanted in the abduction of his stepdaughter Wednesday from Grand Junction has shot and killed himself, a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says.
Jody Kyle Haskin, 47, was being sought overnight in the Rifle area in connection with the abduction of Raeanna Rosencrans, 12. She was found at the Wal-Mart in Rifle Thursday evening.
In a message posted on their Facebook page around 10:20 this morning, Rifle police said they encountered an armed man around 6:45 a.m. while searching for Haskin.
"Officers ordered the male to drop his weapon. The male refused, and ultimately shot himself," police said in the post.
"There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the area; however, there is not believed to be any continuing threat to the community. The Garfield County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased, after appropriate next of kin notifications have been made," police said.
That man, according to Garfield County authorities, was Haskin.
Rifle police said on the department’s Facebook page overnight that law enforcement was searching for Haskin in the area of I-70 and south from mile markers 90 to 94, which stretches from Rifle to the east.
Sheriff spokesman Walt Stowe referred questions about the case to Rifle police but said in an email that Haskin was located around 7:30 a.m.
“He shot himself rather than surrender to law enforcement. That’s all I have from the peripheral standpoint,” Stowe said in an email.
Rifle police chief Tommy Klein declined to comment or confirm Stowe’s information, but said his department’s spokesperson would release more information later.
Rifle police had said in one of their overnight Facebook postings that they had information indicating Haskin may have been ill.
Authorities say Raeanna appears to be unharmed but was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
Grand Junction police Thursday evening obtained a signed arrest warrant for Haskin, who was wanted for second-degree kidnapping in the case.
Haskin is a convicted sex offender who also had a separate warrant for his arrest out of Grand Junction for a case involving alleged sexual abuse of a child.