GOLDEN CITY, Mo. —
A man described as a family acquaintance has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, of Golden City, who was reported missing Monday from a town park where she had been playing with friends and siblings.
Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar, is being held at the Barton County Jail in Lamar on $1 million bond, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. According to court records, Bourne is on probation after a prison term imposed in 2012 was suspended. He pleaded guilty in September 2012 to assault, resisting arrest and domestic assault.
Hundreds of searchers, including law enforcement officials, emergency workers and volunteers, continued Tuesday to look for the girl in Golden City and the surrounding area. Despite efforts that started Monday night, the girl had not been found as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, more than 24 hours after she was reported missing.
Her father, James Horton, dialed 911 about 5 p.m. Monday when he was contacted by other children in the park who said Adriaunna had gone missing.
Horton and other family members on Tuesday expressed appreciation to those who had converged on the small town to help in the search, and they urged anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Department.
“I want people to come forward if they know anything about where my little girl is,” Horton said. “She wouldn’t run away; she’s a good girl.”
Witnesses at Hazel Park said the 12-year-old was observed getting into a vehicle at about 5 p.m. Monday. Based on descriptions given to law enforcement, Bourne was stopped at 7 p.m. Monday. He was alone in the vehicle, according to Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Velma Horton, James Horton’s mother and Adriaunna’s grandmother, said Bourne had worked with her son on some home repair jobs. She said Bourne at one time had lived nearby. She said his children knew Adriaunna and her two siblings, and that the youngsters had played together.
She said she did not believe Adriaunna would have willingly gotten into Bourne’s vehicle.
“She wouldn’t get into a car with anyone,” Velma Horton said. “She would say she had to go ask her father, or me or her grandfather, first.”
She said family members tried to help in the search until law enforcement officers told them they needed to wait at home. She said officers also searched their home, adding, “We understand that, and we really appreciate all the help.
“We’ve done everything we can think of. If anyone has seen anything at all, we want them please to call law enforcement.”
The search started Monday night and involved hundreds of people, including representatives of dozens of law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and search and rescue organizations. The FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are helping with the search, and the Tri-State Major Case Squad was activated at the request of Mitchell Shaw, sheriff of Barton County.
“Everyone in the community is working really hard trying to find her,” Shaw said Tuesday morning. “This is a very family-oriented community.”
Volunteers searched on horseback and on all-terrain vehicles, and law enforcement officers went door to door in Golden City on Tuesday. The search also involved heavily wooded areas and some waterways, Watson said.
So many volunteers showed up to help on Monday night that searchers formed a long line stretching east to west, and walked much of the town from north to south.
“We’ve canvassed neighborhoods like that before, but we were able to pretty much walk the entire town,” Watson said.
Many more people showed up at City Hall in Golden City just to show their support for the search, said Mayor Henry Lopez.
“They were in the area needed to organize the search, and I finally had to ask them to leave and go to a church so we could have the space,” Lopez said. “We closed City Hall today (Tuesday) and are just letting them (law enforcement) use it as their headquarters. I do appreciate everyone from Southwest Missouri coming to our aid.”
Community volunteers also went to City Hall to cook meals for the searchers. Hamburgers and hot dogs were served there and delivered to those still in the field, Lopez said.
In addition to volunteers, the search involved nearly 100 law enforcement officials from 14 different agencies.
Watson said more help may be needed from agencies and volunteers, depending on the length of the search. Area residents who want to volunteer are being asked to contact the Barton County Sheriff’s Department at 417-682-5541 so they can be scheduled for service.
ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS, Bobby Bourne was sentenced earlier this year to 60 days in the Dade County Jail after pleading guilty to a domestic assault charge in connection with an incident in Lockwood. He was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2012 after pleading guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest and domestic assault after an arrest in El Dorado Springs. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed on probation.