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August 20, 2013

'Family acquaintance' charged with kidnapping 12-year-old

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. — A man described as a family acquaintance has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of a 12-year old Golden City girl reported missing on Monday from a town park where she had been playing with friends and siblings.

Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, Lamar, is being held in the Barton County jail on $1 million bond, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Hundreds of searchers, including law enforcement officials, other emergency workers and volunteers, continued on Tuesday to look for Adrianna Horton inside Golden City and in the surrounding area. Despite efforts that started Monday night, the 12-year-old girl had not been found as of late Tuesday, more than 24 hours after she was reported missing.

Witnesses at the park said the 12-year-old was observed getting into a vehicle at about 5 p.m. Monday. Officers stopped Bourne in his vehicle about 7 p.m. Monday in Golden City. He was alone in the vehicle, the patrol said.

Velma Horton, James Horton's mother, said Bourne had worked with her son on some home repair jobs. She said he, at one time, had lived nearby and that his children knew Adrianna and her two siblings, and the youngsters had played together.

She said she did not believe Adrianna would have willingly gotten into Bourne's vehicle.

"She wouldn't get into a car with anyone; she would say she had to go ask her father, or me or her grandfather, first," she said.

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