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Missouri boy, suspected abductor found dead

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV/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.

Jefferson City police issued an Amber Alert for the pair because they believed Markell had been abducted. 

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.

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.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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