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txkypreacherskid
01-12-07, 06:42 PM
13-year old Ben Honby (left) and 15-year old Shawn Hornbeck, were found safe this afternoon at a house in Kirkwood Mo. Hornby had been missing since Monday, Hornbeck, had disappeared four years ago after going for a bike ride. (FBI.gov)

By BARBARA PINTO

Jan. 12, 2007— Investigators frantically searching for one missing boy in Missouri found two this afternoon. Police raiding a Kirkwood, Mo., apartment found 13-year-old Ben Ownby, missing since Monday, and 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck, who disappeared from nearby Washington County four years ago.

The two boys were seen walking into the Sheriff's department with investigators late this afternoon. Sheriff Gary Toelke, who had grown frustrated with the investigation earlier in the week, seemed elated.

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"We have some good news, and we have some probably unbelievable news," Toelke told reporters this afternoon. He said, "Both boys appear, at this point, to be OK. Obviously, they'll be checked out to make certain they're in good shape."

Ownby, a straight-A student and Boy Scout was last seen by a friend getting off the school bus on a rural stretch of Highway 50 in Beaufort. His friend Mitchell Hults saw him run from the bus. When Mitchell turned around, Ben was gone and a truck was speeding away.

"I seen a white truck sideways on the road, and it was flying, throwing rocks going sideways and everything," said Hults

Police in Kirkwood, 40 miles from where Ownby disappeared, spotted that beat-up white Nissan truck with a camper shell and obtained a search warrant. A child living there identified himself as Sean Hornbeck. Hornbeck was 11 when he disappeared in 2002. He went out on a bike ride and never returned.

In an interview with ABC News last summer, Hornbeck's father, Craig Akers, talked about not giving up hope of finding his son.

Police have arrested 41-year-old Michael Devlin with one count of kidnapping so far.

Authorities say more charges are expected to follow.

Both boys are being reunited with their families tonight as police now try to piece together the last four years of Sean Hornbeck's life, and the last four days of Ben Ownby's.

txkypreacherskid
01-12-07, 07:19 PM
Two Missing Boys Found Alive in Mo. Home

2 missing boys found alive in suburban St. Louis home; man charged with kidnapping


(AP) A 13-year-old boy who vanished from the gravel road near his home five days ago was found alive about 60 miles away in a suburban St. Louis home, along with a 15-year-old boy missing since 2002, authorities said Friday.

The boys were found in a Kirkwood home belonging to Michael Devlin, 41, who has been charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.

The sheriff said both boys appeared unharmed. William Ownby, who goes by Ben, appeared somewhat dazed as he walked inside the sheriff's department, where he was reunited with his family Friday night.

The straight-A student and Boy Scout was last seen after he stepped off his school bus and ran toward his home down a gravel road on Monday.

A friend who left the bus with the boy told authorities that after the two parted, he saw a small white pickup with a camper shell speeding away from where Ben had been walking.

Searchers on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles looked for Ben in the hilly area about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Toelke said the break in the case came Thursday night. Kirkwood city police officers were serving a warrant on an apartment complex when they noticed a white truck matching the description of a vehicle authorities had been searching for in the Ownby investigation.

Kirkwood officers contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and determined where the owner of the truck was and then searched Devlin's house.

Toelke said authorities were surprised to find another boy who identified himself as Shawn Hornbeck.

Hornbeck disappeared from his home in rural Washington County in October 2002, when he was 11. He went for a bike ride and never returned.

Hornbeck's parents, Pam and Craig Akers, were coming to meet their son in Union, the Franklin County seat, Toelke said.

His parents have devoted themselves to bringing missing people home since Hornbeck vanished over four years ago from his hometown 65 miles southwest of St. Louis.

His parents, dozens of volunteers and sniffer dogs searched for weeks. The couple set up a Web site and listened to anyone who offered a tip.

Craig Akers, Shawn's stepfather, quit his job as a software designer to devote his time to a foundation bearing his son's name. They depleted their savings, borrowed against their retirement and talked to psychics. The financial strain forced both of them back to work.

A retired police officer volunteered to work on the case until Shawn was found.

Even though so much time had passed, Pam Akers said her son is frozen in her memory as an 11-year-old boy.

"It's been four years," she said on the anniversary of his disappearance last fall. "But for me, it's just been one long continuous day."

Toelke said authorities were still investigating the motive behind the abductions. Franklin County Prosecutor Robert Parks said more charges are likely to be filed.

"There are a lot of things we don't know right now," Toelke said.



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txkypreacherskid
01-12-07, 07:24 PM
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By Christopher Leonard
The Associated Press
January 12, 2007, 6:56 PM CST

BEAUFORT, Mo. -- A 13-year-old boy who vanished from the gravel road near his home five days ago was found alive about 60 miles away in a suburban St. Louis home, along with a 15-year-old boy missing since 2002, authorities said Friday.

The youngsters were found in a Kirkwood home belonging to Michael Devlin, 41, who has been charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.

The sheriff said both teenagers appeared unharmed. The 13-year-old seemed somewhat dazed as he walked into the sheriff's department, where he was reunited with his family Friday night.

The straight-A student and Boy Scout was last seen Monday after he stepped off his school bus and ran toward his home down a gravel road.

A friend who left the bus with the teen told authorities that after the two parted, he saw a small white pickup with a camper shell speeding away from where the teen had been walking.

Searchers on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles looked for him in the hilly area about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Toelke said the break in the case came Thursday night. Kirkwood city police officers were serving a warrant on an apartment complex when they noticed a white truck matching the description of a vehicle authorities had been searching for in the investigation into the missing boy.

Kirkwood officers contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and determined where the owner of the truck was and then searched Devlin's house.

Toelke said authorities were surprised to find another boy, who turned out to be the teenager missing since 2002.

He disappeared from his home in rural Washington County in October 2002, when he was 11. He went for a bike ride and never returned.

His parents were en route Friday night to meet their son in Union, the Franklin County seat, Toelke said.

They have devoted themselves to bringing missing people home since their son vanished more than four years ago from his hometown 65 miles southwest of St. Louis.

His parents, dozens of volunteers and sniffer dogs searched for weeks. The couple set up a Web site and listened to anyone who offered a tip.

Even though so much time had passed, the teen's mother said her son is frozen in her memory as an 11-year-old boy.

"It's been four years," she said on the anniversary of his disappearance last fall. "But for me, it's just been one long continuous day."

Toelke said authorities were still investigating the motive behind the abductions. Franklin County Prosecutor Robert Parks said more charges are likely to be filed.

"There are a lot of things we don't know right now," Toelke said.

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groverbabyBU
01-12-07, 08:09 PM
Glad that they were found alive and safe. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen as much as we all would like.

tommie
01-12-07, 08:33 PM
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