3 involved in Alisa Maier rescue honored

12:49 PM, Dec 10, 2010   |    comments
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S. Louis (KSDK) -- The FBI honored three people who helped rescue and with the investigation into the kidnapping of four-year-old Alisa Maier.

The FBI held the ceremony on Friday morning for Ashley Gibbs, Kevin McNeely and Neil Tague.

Gibbs and McNeely were at a car wash in Fenton to get quarters to do laundry when they spotted the missing Louisiana girl in Julyl. At the time, they did not know it was Alisa. At first they thought she was a boy since her hair had been cut. The couple called police and then went home after an officer arrived at the scene.

McNeely said he got online and saw a picture of Alisa and knew it was the missing child they had found. He went back to the scene and spoke with officers and they said they suspected it was her and she was on her way to the hospital.

The FBI said Tague helped investigators locate the surveillance video at Walmart which showed the suspected kidnapper, Paul Smith, buying clothes for Alisa.

Police used the surveillance video and other records to help locate Paul Smith. When they confronted him, he shot and killed himself.

Gibbs said she doesn't consider herself a hero and it was overwhelming to think things like this happen.

Gibbs and McNeely said they have kept up with Alisa's progress on Facebook.

Associated Press

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