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Search for missing girl is suspended after body is found

GOLDEN CITY- James Horton, father of missing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton says that searchers found her body on Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement officers said later, however, that it will take up to 24 hours to positively identify the body.

Adriaunna Horton of Golden City disappeared on Monday afternoon from Hazel’s Park, where she was playing with friends near her home after the first day of the new school year. Bobby D. Bourne, Jr., 34, Lamar, was charged on Tuesday with kidnapping, after luring Adriaunna into his vehicle with the intent to help him look for his own daughter, whom Adriaunna knew.

 

James Horton told reporters about the discovery of Adriaunna’s body about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. At a news conference at 4:30 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson said it would take up to 24 hours to positively identify the body. Watson said, however, that the search for Adriaunna’s body was suspended after the body was found.

 

Watson wouldn’t say exactly where the body was found, except that it was in a rural area outside of Golden City.

 

More than 250 volunteers and employees of about 15 public service agencies looked for Adriaunna on Monday evening, all day Tuesday and Wednesday. They rode on horseback and four-wheelers, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol used dive teams and a helicopter.

 

Bourne is in the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond. Watson and Barton County Sheriff Mitch Shaw would not speculate on whether Bourne would now face a murder charge.

 

Officers arrested Bourne on Monday evening about 90 minutes after Adriaunna’s friends said Bourne drove away from the park with her. The friends said Adriaunna left with Bourne because he said he needed her help to find his daughter, with whom she had played with in the past. Horton’s father says that Bourne also once worked for him.

 

At the news conference Wednesday afternoon, Watson said investigators would pursue charges against other people if they get leads indicating others were involved. The highway patrol and the Barton County Sheriff’s Department are looking for tips from the public that would help them continue the investigation.

 

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