JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are following a developing story that stretches from Alabama to the First Coast. On Monday evening, a situation involving a five-year-old boy being held hostage in the small town of Midland City came to an end.
The boy was rescued safely and 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who remained held up in an underground bunker with the child until Monday, is dead.
Dykes is accused of taking the boy from a passing school bus last week after shooting and killing the bus driver.
Internet records show Dykes may have lived in a RV park in Jacksonville from 2004 to 2008.
The co-owner of the park, called Big Tree in the 5200 block of Dunn Avenue, would not talk on camera, but told us Dykes looks familiar. Although he would not give us specifics, he said he may have lived here years ago and come into the office to pay his rent.
With around 90 spots at the park and some people only staying for a matter of months or less, he said he does not try and snoop into his resident's lives.
While most people who live in this park were not here back in 2008, neighbors where Dykes lives in Alabama describe him as a loner and a survivalist with alleged anti-government views.
"He believed that government is here only to take all of our things. And to suppress our rights and that government is the great Satan," one neighbor said.
The co-owner of Big Tree did tell us the FBI came here trying to figure out more about Dykes' past, as they continue their investigation.
First Coast News