At approximately 1:50 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 21, a body was located by law enforcement officers in a wooded area southeast of Golden City, in rural Dade County, near the Barton County line.
The body has been positively identified as missing 12-year old, Adriaunna Horton. Horton was reported missing on Monday, Aug. 19, at approximately 5:30 p.m., when she was last seen getting into a vehicle near Hazel Park in Golden City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI, the Barton County Sheriff’s Department, officers with the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad and several other area law enforcement and fire agencies, along with several hundred volunteers, searched the past three days until the body was located. The patrol’s helicopter and marine operations officers were also utilized during the search.
A final news briefing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Barton County Ambulance Service headquarters, located at 1100 Cherry in Lamar.
This investigation into the death of Adriaunna Horton continues. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Barton County Sheriff’s Department at (417) 682-5541 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop D Headquarters, at (417) 895-6868.