Kidnapper's death in N. Carolina a suicide, according to autopsy

October 30, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Wade Morris Lucas Jr., 24, the Woodlawn man who kidnapped his estranged wife and led authorities on a massive manhunt and high-speed chase, died of a self-inflicted wound, according to preliminary results of an autopsy.

"The autopsy indicated that he died of a gunshot wound to the head," Jim Woodard, special agent for the Southern-Piedmont District State Bureau of Investigations in North Carolina, said yesterday. "That was the only injury to the body."

The bullet, fired from Lucas' 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which also was found in the car, went through Lucas' head and struck metal inside the car, Woodard said.

On Monday, Lucas kidnapped three men near Greensboro, Ga., and forced them to drive him north, apparently back to the Baltimore area, police and the FBI said. During a chase that followed with police in North Carolina, Lucas shot himself once in the head, authorities said.

On Oct. 22, Lucas kidnapped his estranged wife, Tara McEntyre, 22, from the 2500 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway. McEntyre was on her way to work at the city state's attorney's office when she was abducted.

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