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August 20, 2013

VIDEO: Crews continue search for 12-year-old girl; family acquaintance charged with kidnapping

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.”

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