The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 21, 2013

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


From staff reports

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.

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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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UPDATED, 3:35 p.m.: Searchers looking for 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton have returned to Golden City and are reporting this afternoon that they are being called off and that a body has been found.

A search party working an area west of Golden City reports they were halted after law-enforcement officers received radio traffic that a body had been found near railroad tracks along 100th Lane.

Horton, of Golden City, 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, according to Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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

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UPDATED, 2:10 p.m.:  Court records pertaining to the arrest and charge of a Lamar man in the case of a missing 12-year-old girl have been ordered sealed by a judge.

Judge Charles Curless ordered the records sealed to the public, according to Stephen Kaderly, the county prosecutor. Those records would include an affidavit, or a sworn statement by an investigator, that would give some details about what led to the arrest and charge of kidnapping filed against Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34.

Kaderly said it would be up to the judge  to unseal the file and he does not know when that would happen.

The judge also has denied a request to allow a television and newspaper camera in the courtroom when Bourne appears in court.

Searchers are combing the Golden City area for 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who has been missing since she got in a vehicle with a family acquaintance about  5 p.m. Monday.

 

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UPDATED, 12:13 p.m.: Volunteers, law-enforcement officers and emergency workers renewed efforts shortly after 11 a.m. today in the disappearance of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, walking fields less than a mile west of Golden City.

"We're walking three roads," said Jeff Boyd, the search coordinator working with the Barton County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities on Tuesday charged an aquaintance of the Horton family, Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, with kidnapping the girl. He is in custody in lieu of $1 million bond.

Boyd said there are 84 searchers on foot and 13 more on horses participating in the renewed search today. He said that all the searches that have been conducted by volunteers and law-enforcement officers have come so far at the direction of the FBI and other investigators involved in the kidnapping case. There were four searches conducted Tuesday, covering all of Golden City and its immediate perimeter up to two miles in each direction.

"A lot of it started the first night working in team with the crew, then it worked out from there," said Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Beside the patrol, the FBI and the Tri-State Major Case Squad, there are six sheriff's departments and five police departments that have been involved in the search and the investigation.

The searchers yesterday were led by two separate K-9 units and included about 100 volunteers on foot and 14 on horseback.

Horton has been missing since 5 p.m. Monday, when her father, James Horton, reported that the girl had been playing with friends when she left with a man who had asked the children to help him look for a child.

 

 

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The search will continue this morning for 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, the Missouri Highway Patrol is reporting.

Horton, of Golden City, 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, according to Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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

Velma Horton, James Horton's mother and Adriaunna's grandmother, said Bourne had previously 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.

The search that started Monday night has 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. Volunteers have been searching on horseback and with on all-terrain vehicles as well as using helicopters.