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August 23, 2013

UPDATED: Murder charges filed in disappearance, death of Adriaunna Horton

LAMAR, Mo. — UPDATED, 4:47 p.m.: Charges of murder in the first degree, statutory rape and forcible rape are being filed this afternoon against Bobby D. Bourne, 34, Lockwood, in the death of Adriaunna Horton, 12, of Golden City. The charges are in addition to a kidnapping charge filed against Bourne earlier this week.

The announcement was made by Steven Kaderly, Barton County Prosecuting Attorney.


UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.:  Search warrants have been served following the disappearance and death of Adriaunna Horton, 12, of Golden City, earlier this week, according to Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly.

Kaderly declined to provide details about the warrants, such as where they were served and on what grounds, saying a judge has sealed records in this case.

Normally, search warrants are a matter of public record.

Kaderly also said despite the body having been found in Dade County, "the crime occurred in Barton County."

He did not specify what he meant by "crime."

During a press conference in Lamar this afternoon, authorities declined to address the state of the body, the cause of the death or whether the girl had been sexually assaulted.

The body was found at an unspecified location on private property southeast of Golden City in woods in Dade County.

Dade County Coroner Gary Banta said the victim was clothed and there was only a crude attempt to cover the body with brush and natural cover.

Kaderly also said additional charges could be filed, perhaps yet this afternoon or early next week.

Bobby D. Bourne, 34, Lockwood, is currently facing a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of Horton, who was last seen getting into a vehicle Monday evening at Hazel Park in Golden City. Horton's body was found Wednesday afternoon.

Sgt. Mike Watson with the Missouri Highway Patrol attempted to clear up confusion over the timeline with regard to the girl's disappearance. Authorities now believe Horton was seen getting into a vehicle at Hazel Park at 4:55 p.m. Adriaunna's father, James Horton, called 911 at 5:34 p.m.

At 7:05 p.m., Bourne was stopped by a Barton County deputy on Mill Street in Golden City, a few blocks from where the girl was last seen.

Bourne has been held since then and was taken to the Jasper County jail in Carthage overnight.

Positive identification was done Thursday via a DNA sample taken to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime lab in Springfield.


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