Gut wrenching news out of Golden City, Missouri, as Adriaunna Horton's small body reported to be found in a shallow grave just two days after she was snatched from a local park. Searchers combed Hazel Park Monday, August 19 looking for Horton, says the NY Daily News, after younger sister, Lydia, said she was taken by a family acquaintance that "lured her" into his vehicle. The sisters were playing with friends after coming home from their first day of school. HLN's Nancy Grace reported Hazel Park is less than 100 feet from her home, where father James Horton, had been working on home repairs. Little Adriaunna, 12, and her 8-year old sister "knew" the abductor and had played with his daughter. An arrest was made shortly after Horton's disappearance, according to KY3. Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, was charged with felony kidnapping. Bourne, from Lamar, is being held in the Barton County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond, facing possible murder charges.
KSPR said that crews searching for Horton discovered her body around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, grandmother Velma Horton said,
the family has quietly been preparing for tragic news of "Little Bit" (Adriaunna's nickname). What upsets me the most is, she knew this fella. She played with this guy's kids.
The NY Daily News reported Bourne lured Adriaunna into his vehicle by pretending to need help looking for his little girl. This according to what younger sister and friends told father, James Horton. James less than 100 feet from Hazel Park when Bourne abducted his "ray of sunshine, his little angel", according to KODE. Bourne worked for Horton on a construction job in 2012 and lived less than a block behind the family for about a year.
WIBW reports court records in the kidnapping case were sealed by a judge. Nancy Grace interviewed KZRG, who found Bourne's criminal record to include domestic assaults in 2003, 2004, 2011, and 2012, including assaults against two of his own step-daughters. Bourne was also charged with attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, violation of protection orders, and an armed robbery charge (which was dismissed).
According to Huff Post Crime, investigators won't comment on what, if anything, Bourne has said since his arrest. Jail officials say records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. The Joplin Globe reported more than 400 trained law enforcement officers, volunteers and others assisted in the two day search for the 4-feet-5-inch, 70 pound Horton. Horses, all-terrain vehicles, dogs and a patrol helicopter were used to scour the small town of Golden City, as reported by ABC. The medical examiner is working to confirm the identity of the remains, according to MissouriNet, but family members have told some news outlets, that the body is Adriaunna Horton. Police say it could take 24 hours to officially confirm the identity of the body.
Anyone with information in the Horton case is asked to contact the Barton County Sheriff's Department at 417-682-5541.
For information on how to teach your children about potential dangers and learn how to protect them, visit the Klaas Kids Foundation. Beautiful Polly Hannah Klaas was also 12, when she was taken from her bedroom during a slumber party. Missing two months, Klaas family devastated to learn she had been murdered. Her body was recovered on December 3, 1993. Polly's father, Marc Klaas, was compelled to start the foundations in honor and memory of his beloved daughter, and works tirelessly to inform parents, children, and communities about how to prevent and stop crimes against children.
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