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UPDATE: Kidnapping suspect found dead

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TOWN OF SEYMOUR, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have found the body of a 24-year-old man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint in southeastern Wisconsin.

Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says Mitchell Owens killed himself. A rifle was found next to Owens' body.

Owens' body was found Tuesday afternoon. Residents are being allowed to return to their homes.

WEAU-TV  reports police heard a gunshot Monday afternoon. Cramer says authorities were cautious about entering the wooded area because of concerns Owens could be waiting for them.

The manhunt was in its second day near Eau Claire.

Owens was accused of abducting a female Walmart employee at gunpoint in Mukwonago early Monday and driving to Eau Claire, where she escaped unharmed.

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TOWN OF SEYMOUR, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have located the 24-year-old man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint in southeastern Wisconsin.


The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office said in a Tweet Tuesday that the suspect has been located "and the area is secure and safe." The post says residents are being allowed to return to their homes.

The manhunt for the suspect was in its second day near Eau Claire. Officers from northwestern Polk County are among those who are helping with the investigation.
The man is accused of abducting a female Walmart employee at gunpoint in Mukwonago early Monday and driving to Eau Claire, where she escaped unharmed.

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