Updated 1/18/07 11:24PM
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I watched CNN today with Anderson Cooper and he had Arlin Henderson’s parents on there. Man, just pull out my heart now. I feel so bad for them. I noticed one detail that I had not found in my research on the internet regarding Arlin’s disapearance though and it was this:
His mother stated that Arlin’s bike was found 3 months later in a bean field. They didn’t elaborate on that but I would like to know WHERE it was found.
On another note, please see my comments on this post regarding Scott Kleeschulte’s cousin.
She states: “I am a cousin of Scott Kleeschulte, it makes me wonder if
Devlin could of taken him. It’s been a very long time since we heard anything. I wish we could find him, I know it would bring a lot of joy for his parent’s Peggy and Dick and brother’s and sister’s and the rest of the family! Sandy Pulley”.
I wonder why the press or LE has not questioned whether Scott’s case may be connected to Michael Devlin.
Updated 1/17/07 10:32PM
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Today Michael Devlin was charged with second degree kidnapping in the abduction to Shawn Hornbeck. He has already been charge in the abduction of Ben Ownby.
Earlier Wednesday, authorities in Lincoln County, northwest of St. Louis, said Devlin is now the “most viable lead” in the investigation into the 1991 disappearance of Charles Arlin Henderson, of Moscow Mills, who has never been found.
The boy’s disappearance was identical to Shawn’s in many respects. Both boys vanished at the age of 11 while riding their bikes on a rural road. Both boys were slight, weighing about 100 pounds, and had close-cropped hair.
“If you were to take a photo of Arlin Henderson and you place it next to Shawn’s picture, there is a striking resemblance,” Lincoln County Lt. Rick Harrell said.
Ben is 13, but also weighs around 100 pounds.
Lincoln County investigators began re-examining the Henderson case after Devlin’s arrest. Detective Chris Bartlett said a witness saw a man snapping photos of Arlin before the boy vanished. Rupp and Schroeder said they have not spoken with Lincoln County authorities to compare notes.
Asked whether the man’s description fit that of Devlin, who stands about 6-foot-4 and weighs around 300 pounds, Bartlett declined to get specific.
“I will say that it matched the description enough that we have to pursue (Devlin) as the most viable lead,” he said.
“We’ve got other indications that cause us to be concerned with this,” he added.
While Devlin had a clean criminal record except for traffic offenses, it’s unlikely someone would commit such brazen kidnappings without any precedent, Toelke suggested.
“There are the possibilities that there may be other kids involved,” Toelke said.
Updated 1/17/07 3:38PM
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Interesting Aricle about Arlin Henderson as well as Bianca Piper and C.J. Toney.
These parents know pain of children still missing
By Jessica Bock and Tim O’Neil, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS – They saw the parents in anguish and know the pain. And they lived it with them, because their own pain never stops.
They are the parents of the St. Louis area’s small but heart-rending list of missing children, a list reduced by two through Friday’s electrifying news. The parents who wait are glad for the families of William “Ben” Ownby Jr., 13, and Shawn Hornbeck, 15, but they cannot help but think of their own children, whose faces are still on “missing” posters. Their pain continues.
Here are three of their stories.
‘I keep hoping’
Life is all about “befores” for Debra Henderson-Griffith.
Before her husband, Arthur, died of emphysema. Before her daughter was killed. And before her son, Arlin, went for a bike ride on July 25, 1991, in Lincoln County, Mo., and never came home.
Thoughts of her missing child always fill her mind, but have more so this past week as another family was living their own nightmare – a nightmare that ended the way Henderson-Griffith has been praying hers will.
“I’m happy, but I wish it was Arlin. But I wonder why they can’t find my son,” said Henderson-Griffith as she sobbed during a phone interview from her Moscow Mills home after news of the rescue broke Friday.
Henderson-Griffith cried for the boys and their families. She cried for her son. And she couldn’t help but wonder if the case would somehow lead to answers in his disappearance.
Arlin’s uncle, Jim McWilliams, said he called the FBI immediately upon hearing the news. McWilliams said Arlin’s disappearance may be linked to Michael J. Devlin, the suspect in the Ownby-Hornbeck cases. Like Shawn, Arlin was riding his bike near his rural home. And both boys were 11.
“I said, ‘I’m not even going to ask, I’m going to insist that Arlin’s name be brought up in this investigation,”‘ McWilliams said. “It’s a good possibility. I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on this. Our hearts go out to these families. I’m glad for some good news for the return of both of these boys, and I’m trying to hold out hope for my family. We’re not going to give up hope. We cannot.”
Arlin would be 26 now.
His case has been tumultuous for his family. In 2001, Joshua Spangler confessed to killing Arlin at the behest of two other men. He pleaded guilty to murder and testified against them. Then he recanted and admitted he made up the story.
That was just after Arlin’s sister, Joy Leonard, was killed in 2000 by her estranged husband, Robert Leonard, who also took his own life. She was 29.
“I haven’t given up on Arlin yet. I’ll never give up, but it gets harder and harder,” Henderson-Griffith said. “You don’t know what to do anymore. You don’t know who to ask anymore.”
‘Why did this happen?’
LaToya Coleman, an assistant manager at an Aldi supermarket in St. Louis, was working when she overheard two customers happily discuss an astonishing news flash.
“The ladies were saying, ‘Did you hear they just found that little boy? No, they found two. Isn’t that a miracle?”‘ Coleman said. “”That’s wonderful,’ I said. ‘I’m happy for their families.”‘
“Then I had to go into the office and cry,” she said Sunday. “What about C.J.? Why can’t they find C.J.?”
C.J. is Cermen Toney Jr., her younger son, who was 4 years old when he disappeared on Nov. 6, 2005. C.J. and Anquiaetta M. Parker, 19, his cousin and baby sitter, were last seen in the State Park Place area near Collinsville. Parker’s car was found at a VFW hall parking lot in State Park Place.
Parker, who was pregnant, had been watching C.J. at Coleman’s mother’s apartment in East St. Louis.
Illinois State Police say they have been collecting evidence and consider one man a suspect but have been unable to seek charges.
Coleman, 26, lived in Centreville at the time but moved with her older son, Travis, 9, to live with a sister in St. Louis. Coleman couldn’t bear staying in the apartment they shared with C.J.
“There’s never a day when I don’t think about C.J. all the time. It’s a nightmare you don’t wake out of,” said Coleman, 26. “I ask myself, ‘How did I get here? Why did this happen?’ So many times, I don’t want to go on anymore. But I have two kids. I have to be there for them. I have to wait.”
On Saturday, she watched some of the news reports showing the relieved, joyous families of Ben and Shawn but had to leave the room after a short time. “I am happy for them. I really am,” Coleman said of the families. “It shows you can’t give up hope.”
Coleman spoke through tears during a brief interview at work Sunday but insisted that the interview continue. She wanted the newspaper to tell her story again, to run C.J.’s picture again.
“Somebody out there knows something. Maybe this will be the time they speak,” she said. “I just want to know that C.J.’s safe, that he’s alive. Hope is what I hang on to.”
‘It gives me hope’
Antacid. A binder to organize information. Lots of Kleenex.
Shannon Tanner needed these items in the first week of the search for her 13-year-old daughter, Bianca Piper, who disappeared in March 2005 near Foley in Lincoln County. And Tanner included them in a care package she delivered Wednesday night to Ben’s family while he was still missing.
Tanner reached out the Ownby family to help just as Shawn’s parents had to her when Bianca vanished. The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation hosts the Web site, findbianca.org.
“They’ve been so helpful and so involved,” said Tanner. She remembers that when she first met Pam and Craig Akers, Shawn’s parents, their son had been missing for more than two years.
“It was hard for me to swallow the fact that it could be two years, that Bianca could be missing that long, too. Now, I’m at that same point,” Tanner said.
Bianca was 13 when Tanner let her out of her car about a mile from their home on McIntosh Hill Road the evening of March 10. A mental health professional had suggested trying the tactic to give Bianca a chance to calm down after a quarrel. The girl suffers from bipolar and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.
On Friday night, Tanner left work early after someone called to tell her Ben and Shawn were OK.
“I went and I cried with my friends. It gives me hope,” Tanner said. “It’s just proof that she could still come home.”
Link to Current Article
In my previous post I listed 5 children’s names that have been missing from the area in which Michael Devlin resided in an apartment in Kirkwood, MO.
I have weeded out the girls, as it seems Devlin had a preference for boys, and also because after reviewing the circumstances in which they went missing, it didn’t seem to fit.
However, two remain in which I feel should raise questions on whether Michael Devlin had any hand in their disappearance.
CHARLES ARLIN LEON HENDERSON – Arlin was last seen riding his bike near his home in Moscow Mills, Mo. About 5:00 PM on July 25, 1991. Arlin was 11 years old. According to Rand McNally, Moscow Mills is a one-hour drive from Kirkwood – the same distance to Ben Ownby’s home.
Like Shawn Hornbeck, Arlin was riding a bike near his home. Michael Devlin would have been 25 at the time.
SCOTT ALLEN KLEESCHULTE – Scott Kleeschulte was last seen at approximately 4:30 p.m. on June 8, 1988 in his hometown of St. Charles, Missouri. He was 9 years old. He was walking down Ken Drive towards West Adams at the time. A heavy thunderstorm affected the St. Charles area on the day of Kleeschulte’s disappearance. A witness told authorities that Kleeschulte had been seen walking before the storm hit the neighborhood and afterwards. He has never been heard from again.
According to Rand McNally, St. Charles Mo is a mere 30 minutes from Kirkwood where Michael Devlin resided. Devlin would have been 22 at the time.
Both children disappearing around the same time of year, and the same time of day. Shawn Hornbeck was said to have last been seen around 4:15-4:30PM around Richwoods School although the last confirmed sighting was around 1:00PM. Shawn was taken October 2, 2002.
One wonders if he was brazen enough to take Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby in broad daylight, and these two boys disappeared as well around the same time, if he had not done this before.
Michael Devlin was 37 at the time he took Shawn. What had been going on in his world for the 37 years before that? We know that these types of predators don’t just wake up one day and out of the blue go steal a child. What lead up to that day in October of 2002 when he took Shawn Hornbeck? Had he done this before?
Could he possibly be involved in these other two disappearances? I am sure the parents of these two boys are asking just these types of questions tonight.