LAMAR, Mo. —
New charges of rape and murder were filed Friday against Bobby Bourne Jr. in the wake of an autopsy performed on the body of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton.
Bourne, 34, has been in custody since Monday night on suspicion of having abducted the girl from Hazel’s Park in Golden City. With the discovery of her body and completion of an autopsy, the Barton County prosecutor added charges late Friday afternoon of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape to the kidnapping count that the suspect already was facing.
Prosecutor Steven Kaderly said at a news conference in Lamar before the filing of the new charges that investigators believe the offenses committed by the suspect all took place in Barton County prior to the disposal of the body in some woods southeast of Golden City in neighboring Dade County.
The body was located by law enforcement officers Wednesday afternoon while about 100 volunteers were conducting a search for the girl northwest of town, creating a mistaken impression among search participants and media alike that she’d been found in the northwest part of the town when, in fact, the body was recovered southeast of the town.
Sgt. Mike Watson, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, declined at the news conference to be more specific about the location, except to say that it was on private property.
Kaderly announced the new charges in tweets sent out a couple of hours after the news conference. He also noted in the tweets that Associate Circuit Judge Charles Curless, who ordered the court file in the case sealed on Tuesday, had lifted the seal. By that time, however, the courthouse had closed for the weekend and the probable-cause affidavit could not be obtained.
Watson and Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw declined to answer any questions at the news conference about the condition of the girl’s body or the cause of death as determined by an autopsy conducted Thursday morning. Also, the Barton County coroner could not be reached Friday for information on the cause of death.
Dade County Coroner Gary Banta told the Globe that while he attended the scene where the body was discovered, he was not present at the autopsy since the murder is believed to have taken place in Barton County. He said the body was discovered clothed. There had been a somewhat ineffective attempt to conceal the corpse with ground cover, such as limbs, tree bark and brush, Banta said.
Watson said that positive identification of the girl was accomplished through DNA analysis at the state patrol’s crime lab in Springfield. He also clarified some confusion that had developed with respect to the timeline of the girl’s abduction, her father’s 911 call and Bourne’s arrest.
Watson said the girl is believed to have been abducted at the park at 4:55 p.m. James Horton called 911 to report his daughter missing at 5:34 p.m. Bourne’s vehicle was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy on Mill Street in Golden City at 7:05 p.m. and he was taken into custody.
Kaderly acknowledged that some search warrants have been served in the investigation, but he would not specify where. He said that it was his understanding that the judge’s sealing of the court file, which was still in effect at the time of the news conference, applied to search warrant information.
Bobby Bourne Jr. was moved overnight Thursday from the Barton County Jail in Lamar to the Jasper County Jail in Carthage. Sheriff Mitchell Shaw said the switch was made in part because his jail is small, somewhat understaffed and deemed generally less secure than the jail in Carthage.
Shaw also acknowledged that tensions are running high in the Barton County community and that there have been some threats made concerning the suspect, which contributed to the decision to transfer him to Jasper County. The sheriff declined to be more specific about such threats.