Alisa Maier Safe – Paul Sterling Smith Dead
Erika Lyn Smith, BellaOnline’s Missing and Exploited Children Editor
Alisa Maier’s safe return is a testament to the effectiveness an Amber Alert can play in helping a community find an abducted child. Alisa Maier is home safe after being kidnapped by convicted child predator Paul Sterling Smith. Learn how the Amber Alert worked to save this child.
A woman has come forward detailing her history of living with Alisa Maier’s abductor when Paul Sterling Smith was in his twenties. The boy Smith was convicted of sodomizing was her 10 year old son. Paul Sterling Smith was convicted and served 11 years in prison.
Those eleven years are a drop in the bucket considering the lifetime of memories he gave one family. Memories that may now fade a little since Paul Sterling Smith made a choice to end his life when confronted by law enforcement in the kidnapping of 4 year old Alisa Maier from Louisiana Missouri.
I have to continue to wonder if Paul Sterling Smith may have been involved in Angie Marie Housman’s kidnapping and murder (Saint Ann Missouri) or perhaps Charles Arlin Henderson (Moscow Mills Missouri) or Tracy Pickett (Joplin Missouri) or Scott Kleeschulte (Saint Charles)? Perhaps there will be answers as the investigation continues into the life and death of convicted sex offender Paul Sterling Smith.
I pray for those who were hurt by Paul Sterling Smith, for Paul himself, for Paul’s family, for Alisa Maier, and for the family of Alisa Maier. The world feels a little safer tonight for children in Missouri. Perhaps as the day fades into night those hurt by Paul Smith will find some peace.
As police closed in on Paul Sterling Smith a convicted child sex offender believed to be the kidnapper of 4 year old Alisa Maier as she played in her front yard in Louisiana Missouri on Monday he attempted suicide from self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It was initially reported that he had died at the scene on Highway D at HawkPoint in Lincoln County. Authorities later clarified Paul Sterling Smith was in critical condition at a local hospital. Today it was announced that Paul Smith died from a self inflicted gunshot around 1034 last night. They are certain that Paul Sterling Smith is the man who took Alisa Maier, as evidenced in video footage of Paul Smith in a Wal-mart store showing the man buying clothes for the abducted child.
In addition, Alisa Maier was wearing those same clothes when she was found wandering a car wash in Fenton Missouri. Her hair had been cut short. And when Alisa Maier saw a picture of Paul Smith on the news her family reports she stated “that man cut my hair.”
Paul Sterling Smith was out of jail only 2 weeks. He has previously served time in prison for sodomizing a 10 year old male back in 1995. How many children has Paul Smith destroyed ove the years. Two years before Paul Smith went to prison in 1995 Angie Marie Housman was kidnapped and murdered. Was Paul Sterling Smith in the Saint Loius area at that time? Could he have been involved in the abduction and murder of Angie Maire Housman?
I pray for the day Angie Marie Housman’s killer is identified. Please GOD let us find Angie’s killer!