Police: 12-year-old girl found, suspect reportedly turns gun on self, death investigation underway in Rifle

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- 10:45 AM UPDATE: The Rifle Police Department is conducting a death investigation with the assistance of the FBI, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and the Grand Junction Police Department.

At 06:47 this morning, officers were searching for a wanted subject believed to be in the area. During this time, they encountered an armed adult male. Officers ordered the male to drop his weapon. The male refused and ultimately shot himself.

There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the area; however, there is not believed to be any continuing threat to the community.

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased after appropriate next of kin notifications have been made.

UPDATE: According to Denver news outlets, a law enforcement source with Garfield County Sheriff's Office says Jody Haskin, who was wanted in the alleged kidnapping of Raeanna Rosencrans this week, turned a gun on himself this morning.

We are working to confirm this information on our own, as we had a similar tip sent to our newsroom Friday.

11:00 PM UPDATE: Colorado Bureau of Investigations said Raeanna Rosencrans has been safely located and Jody Haskin is still at large.

Grand Junction Police Department and Rifle Police Department said Raeanna was found around 10:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wal-Mart in Rifle and is in the custody of law enforcement. She appears to be physically unharmed but was transported to a local hospital to be checked out.

Rifle Police Department tweeted late Thursday night they are actively searching the area for Haskin along I-70 between Milemarkers 90 and 94. They say if you see him do not approach, and call 911 immediately.

UPDATE: In an update Thursday afternoon, the Grand Junction Police Department said Jody Haskin is now a suspect in the investigation, instead of just a person of interest.

Haskin is wanted for one count of 2nd-degree kidnapping for the abduction of Raeanna Rosencrans, according to the police department.

Police believe Haskin may be headed to North Dakota. Sandy McGowan, who had children with Haskin's brother and knew Jody, told us the brothers have ties to an Indian reservation there.

A hotline for tips related to this case has been set up by GJPD. The number is (970) 549-5656. They ask if anyone has information about where Raeanna is, or if they've seen Haskin, to call.

Original story: Police have identified Jody Haskin, 47, of Grand Junction, as a person of interest in the suspected abduction of Raeanna Rosencrans.

An updated Amber Alert was sent at 11:30 a.m. Thursday saying Raeanna is possibly with Haskin.

Haskin is Raeanna’s stepfather, but has no parental rights, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Police say witness statements indicate that Raeanna entered Haskin’s vehicle willingly.

Haskin is a registered sex offender, and has a warrant for his arrest for sex assault on a child, according to the police department.

The green sedan police were originally looking for in the suspected kidnapping was recovered in Rifle, and police say the circumstances of how the car got there are still under investigation.

GJPD says they plan to provide another update at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

If you have any information police ask that you call 911.



 
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