Alabama Hostage Taker Dead, Boy Safe Kidnapper killed a school bus driver in Alabama, USA. Child Hostage FREED Kidnapper DEAD - Jimmy Lee Dykes was Killed by Police To Save Ethan A seven-day hostage crisis ends with a five-year-old boy safe and his 65-year-old captor dead, a law enforcement official says. A 65-year-old Alabama man is dead and a young boy held captive in his underground bunker is free and safe after a week-long hostage stand-off, a law enforcement official has said. Authorities scheduled a news conference to announce the latest developments in the case of the five-year-old who has been held hostage for seven days. Police say Jim Dykes had been holding the boy hostage after snatching him off a school bus and killing the driver. Before the news conference, an ambulance that had been parked near the scene could be seen driving away. However, it was not clear if anyone was inside, and the vehicle did not have its sirens or emergency lights on. Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter-mile from where Dykes was holed up, says he heard a boom followed by a gunshot. It was not immediately known what may have caused the noise.