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August 21, 2013

UPDATED: Officials releasing few details about body found near Golden City

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. — UPDATED, 4:58 p.m.: Investigators have confirmed that a body was found about 1:50 p.m. today outside Golden City.

"Currently, the identity (of the body) is unknown and the process of identification may take up to 24 hours," said Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The process "more than likely" will involve DNA testing, he said.

Investigators were still working the scene where the body was found this afternoon and Watson would not discuss details about the scene or the state of the body.

Watson also would not discuss the precise location, but searchers working northwest of town said a body was found near 100th Lane.

Searchers have been looking for the body of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, of Golden City, since she was reported missing Monday night from a town park where she had been playing with friends and siblings.

Witnesses at Hazel Park said the girl was observed getting into a vehicle at about 5 p.m. Monday. Based on descriptions given to law enforcement, Bobby D. Bourne, 34, Lamar, was stopped at 7 p.m. Monday. He was alone in the vehicle, said Watson.

He was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and is being held at the Barton County Jail in Lamar on $1 million bond.

"Right now we are going to suspend the searches," Watson said.

He called Golden City a close, tight-knit community that remained hopeful for a happy ending.

"I am not saying one way or another - identification has to be made - but there was a lot of hopeful people."

Watson also declined to speculate about additional charges that might be filed, saying that would be up to the Barton County Prosecuting Attorney.


UPDATED, 3:54 p.m.: Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed this afternoon that a body has been found in the Golden City area, but declined to discuss specifics, such as when and where, or the state the body was in.                                         

Pace also said officers are working to make positive identification of the body and hope to release more information at a press conference later this afternoon.

Jeff Boyd, search coordinator, praised the 80 to 100 volunteers who joined in the search today, saying: "Be proud of yourselves. You guys worked hard. You all worked together. You're a community."

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