As an Alabama stand-off and hostage drama enters a sixth day, more details have emerged about the suspect at the centre, with neighbours and officials painting a picture of an isolated man with few friends and no close family.
Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 - a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbours - gunned down a school bus driver and then abducted a five-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property.
The driver, 66-year-old Charles Poland, was being buried on Monday (AEDT).
Dykes, described as a loner who railed against the government, lives up a dirt road north of Dothan in the southeast corner of the state. His home is just off the main road north to the state capital of Montgomery, about 130km away.
The FBI said in a statement that authorities continue to have an open line of communication with Dykes and they planned to deliver to the bunker additional comfort items such as food, toys and medicine. They also said Dykes was making the child as comfortable as possible.
Government records and interviews with neighbours indicate that Dykes grew up in the Dothan area and joined the navy, serving on active duty from 1964 to 1969. His record shows several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. During his service, Dykes was trained in aviation maintenance.
Later, Dykes lived in Florida, where he worked as a surveyor and a long-haul truck driver although it's unclear for how long.
He had some scrapes with the law there, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanour was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000.
He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 90 metres from his nearest neighbours, Michael Creel and his father, Greg.
Neighbours described Dykes as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm.
Michael Creel said Dykes had an adult daughter, but the two lost touch years ago.