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New Charges of Attempted Murder for Michael Devlin

Posted by KindraLore on April 18, 2007

Update 4/18/07 8:18PM

The Devlin Task force is asking for the publics help. Please see this blog . (new photos of a very young looking Michael Devlin are posted there as well)

Also, of all the info I have seen about this case, Operation Cyber Tip is right on the money. They have came up with other possible victims way before the news got it, such as the latest one, Steven Kraft.

If you are looking for info on this case, go to their message boards. Lots of info there you may not have seen.


Original Blog

In a press conference today, Washington County prosecutor John Rupp stated new charges were filed Monday against Michael Devlin of attempted murder, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy.

A copy of the charges state that Michael Devlin committed the sex crimes against “SH” on Oct. 6, 2002, the day of the kidnapping, and in the days after the kidnapping. The charges also said Devlin tried to suffocate the victim.

He also stated that they are looking for anyone to come forward that may have loaned Devlin a vehicle.

“We know for a fact that he drove a lot of vehicles that were not his,” Nothum said.Nothum said the task force has eliminated Devlin as a suspect in two cases, but is now looking at a case out of Michigan.

Investigators no longer believe Devlin could have played a role in the abduction of Angie Housman in 1993 and the disappearance of Bianca Piper in 2006.

Housman was abducted from near her St. Louis County home; her body was found nine days later by hunters in St. Charles County.

Bianca was last seen walking near her home in the eastern Missouri town of Foley. Nothum said investigators do not believe Devlin preyed on girls.

Now, the task force is looking at the case of Steven Kraft, 12, who disappeared in 2001 near Pentwater, Mich. Nothum said Devlin often vacationed with his family in that area.

The task force is still looking at two other eastern Missouri cases. Charles “Arlin” Henderson, then 11, disappeared in 1991 while riding his bike on a rural road in Moscow Mills in Lincoln County, about an hour’s drive from St. Louis.

And Scott Allen Kleeschulte was 9 when he disappeared while riding his bike near his home in St. Charles, during a thunderstorm in June 1988.

Nothum said Devlin was known to travel widely in Lincoln and St. Charles counties.

In addition, the task force is looking at the case of Dalton Mesarchik, 7, who was kidnapped in March 2003 from his front lawn in Streator, Ill., and found dead the next day on the banks of the Vermilion River; and Jacob Wetterling, 11, who was abducted by an armed man in St. Joseph, Minn., in October 1989 while riding his bike with several friends.

I have blogged previously that I thought both Scott Kleeschulte, Arlin Henderson and Dalton Mesarchik may have been previous victims.

I had someone on a message board state that they did not think this because Devlin had kept Shawn and not killed him; therefore only making him a pedophile and not a killer. However, I think these new charges of attempted murder prove otherwise. The question begs though, why didn’t he? Obviously that’s a good thing, but what stopped him from completely smothering Shawn Hornbeck to his death? The other question remains; were there more?

Visit Article Sited

Also see my previous blogs:

Update on Arlin Henderson
What Makes a Boy a Monster?
Dalton Mesarchik Slaying Connected to Michael Devlin?
Shawn Hornbeck’s Story
Photos may be Arlin Henderson?
Brian’s Predictions – A Hoax or for Real?
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Shawn Hornbeck trust fund set up at local bank
“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now”
O’Reilly Eating His Words – Prosecutor Says “Shawn was abducted against his will. Period. End of story”
Did Michael Devlin Join The Search For Bianca Piper?
Michael J. Devlin – Could there be more?
Michael J. Devlin – A Monster Caught
Found Alive! Ben Ownby & Shawn Hornbeck
Another Child Lost – William “Ben” Ownby (And small update on Austin / Homer Clark)


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Making a Difference

Posted by KindraLore on April 16, 2007

I usually don’t do these sorts of blogs (“plugging” other sites or what not) but I have found that there are some people out there working to make a difference.

The first one is Operation Cyber Tip. This site was founded for Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownsby, but it has grown into a huge undertaking. This website has set out to help make people aware of all the current missing kids cases and how they can report tips from the internet or other sources.

They also intend to hold all info on as many cases as possible in a database passing on any appropriate info to the authorities etc. Keeping all this info together in one place will hopefully help to notice similarities between cases and the like.

I received this the other day from them:

We have now set up a page detailing all the SEVEN suspected cases being used in the connections to Devlin.

It details all the abductions with pictures and age-progressed ones for those still missing.
Also includes annotated maps of the areas covered.

And a link to the discussions boards.

More will be added later. But now its up to others to look through the info and add to it.
The task force seem to want the publics help so IMO this is everyones chance to help.
Please sign up to the boards and add your comments. Any info – no matter how small is important.

That one tiny piece of info may help to solve a crime. You never know.
I’m sure Mitch Hults didn’t expect to solve two crimes in one day with his tip – did he?

They also have a message board for sleuths that want to discuss cases.

Visit Operation Cyber Tip

The second undertaking by people trying to make a difference was born out of the Christopher Barrios Case. If you are not aware of the Christopher Barrios case, Christopher was from Brunswick, Georgia. Christopher disappeared in March and his little body was found days later in a trash bag, not far from his home. The perpetrators were his neighbors.

According to this article:

According to an indictment issued Wednesday, convicted child molester George Edenfield and his father took turns sexually assaulting Christopher while the molester’s mother watched, then they choked the boy to death.

Visit News Article Sited

Born from this tragedy was outrage and people wanting to make a change. They are trying to get both Federal and State Laws passed called Christopher’s Law. This would basically signify that if you were convicted one time for child molestation, you would receive a life sentence. It’s basically a one-strike law.

There are obviously some kinks to be worked out with this one because I personally think they need to re-categorize sexual predators and not lump in 18 year old boys engaging in consensual sex with their 16 or 17 year old girlfriend. I know there was a case here in Georgia not too long ago where the boy got 10 years.

That said, I do agree that if you are predator of children, you need to be taken out of society so that you are not allowed to prey upon our most vulnerable.

Visit Message Board on Christopher’s Law
Sign Federal Petition for Christopher’s Law
Sign State of Georgia’s Christopher’s Law (if you are a resident of Georgia)

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If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now

Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007

Shawn Hornbeck and his parents, Craig and Pam Akers appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday. (see previous post for picture)Craig and Pam Akers said that although Shawn has not discussed many details regarding his time in captivity with Michael Devlin, they believed their son was sexually abused.

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey on a show that aired Thursday, Shawn’s parents said they have not asked their son what happened on the advice of child advocacy experts.

“OK, I’m going to go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?” Winfrey asked Shawn’s parents, Craig and Pam Akers.

Both nodded and said, “Yes.”

The parents of a kidnapped Missouri boy said Thursday they believe their son was molested during the four years he was missing, and his grandmother claimed his captor had awakened the boy every 45 minutes, apparently as a way to control him.

Shawn’s grandmother, Anna Quinn of St. Louis, told the AP Thursday that the boy has not spoken Devlin’s name, and that he has said little to relatives about what he went through. But Shawn did tell his family that at times during his captivity, he would be awakened every 45 minutes by his captor.

“Think to yourself when you don’t get enough sleep,” Quinn said. “He had to do something to get his cooperation.”

“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now,” Shawn said. “I’m thankful that he held in there for those few days. I told myself a long time ago I never wanted any kid to go through what I went through.”

On another note, Devlin appeared via a closed-circuit video link during Devlin’s arraignment, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 in Union, Mo. Devlin pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Ben Ownby, 13. Reason noted for the video appearance was for security reasons.

According to reports Devlin will have a hard time with his case since he had previously confessed. His lawyers are already vying for a change of venue, stating that because of all the publicity, Michael Devlin will not be able to get a fair trial. (umm maybe they should conduct the trial on the space station because I believe everyone has heard of this case unless you are living under a rock)

Link to Story

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Did Michael Devlin Join The Search For Bianca Piper?

Posted by KindraLore on January 18, 2007

According to the following article, maybe I was wrong for weeding out the Bianca Noel Piper case being linked to Michael J. Devlin:

Lincoln County investigators believe kidnapping suspect Michael J. Devlin used child abduction cases in their county as a manual for crime.

Detectives say there are startling similarities between the Hornbeck and Ownby abductions, and a 16-year-old case that’s still unsolved.

Tuesday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives poured over volumes of case files and evidence bags from two unsolved missing children’s cases.

13-year-old Bianca Noel Piper disappeared in March of 2005 while walking on a rural Foley Road, and 11-year-old Arlin Henderson vanished in July of 1991 in rural Moscow Mills.

The recent rescues of 15 year-old Shawn Hornbeck after more than 4 years of captivity and 13-year-old Ben Ownby after more than four days, have given new hope to other families living in anguish.

“Hey, anything is possible, so we’re hoping and praying because that was a miracle, not just for one but they found two,” says Jim McWilliams, Arlin Henderson’s uncle.

The arrest of kidnapping suspect 41-year old Michael J. Devlin is breathing new life into the Henderson and Piper cases.

“We’re starting to recieve new tips that may be critical to either of our investigations,” says Detective Chris Bartlett of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Bartlet says they are probing two chilling leads.

Did Devlin participate in volunteer searches for Bianca Piper to learn investigative techniques he would use later to elude authorities?

“Whether he was a part of it, in it, or in the middle, or just watching from afar, he absolutley knew what was going on,” says Detective Bartlet. “I certainly believe Michael Devlin was monitoring our search and the disappearance of Bianca Piper.”

And he says, there is a startling physical similarity between Arlin henderson and Ben Ownby.

“If you put each of the missing photographs up, they’re both almost scary to look at, each of them, and the comparison between the two,” says the detective.

Detectives also say both Arlin Henderson and Shawn Hornbeck were on their bikes when they vanished.

Lincoln County investigators say if you have information that could help solve the Bianca Piper or Arlin Henderson case, you should call them right away.

No matter how small a tip, it could be the one they need.

News Article Regarding this Story

I also thought I would take both Arlin and Ben’s photo and put them side by side as the article stated:

I am not seeing a strong resemblance as the article stated, but maybe with Ben’s glasses off it would be different. However, all of the other facts remain very similar and as I stated in another post I do not believe Shawn Hornbeck was the first.

Also, maybe one of the reasons he had gained such control over Shawn, is by the time he got Shawn, he had mastered his manipulation of children.

UPDATE 1/17/07 4:17PM

An Anonymous poster presented the idea that the article misquoted and should have said Arlin and Shawn favored alot. Here is their comparison:

Yes, Shawn and Arlin do favor for sure.

UPDATE 2 1/17/07 4:43PM

Anonymous was correct in saying that the article I posted here misquoted saying Ben and Arlin favored, but it should have read Shawn & Arlin:

“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 Wednesday.

Link to Corrected Story

Update 3 1/17/07 5:01PM

Ok, since I was comparing pictures, I had to compare Scott Kleeschulte to Shawn and Arlin. Scott is the 1st boy:

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Michael J. Devlin – Could there be more?

Posted by KindraLore on January 14, 2007

Updated 1/18/07 11:24PM
(see original blog post below updates)

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
(see original blog post below updates)

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
(see original blog post below updates)

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,

“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.

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Michael J. Devlin – A Monster Caught

Posted by KindraLore on January 13, 2007

I had to do another post regarding the incredible case of Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck being found today. I haven’t been this happy and yet sad for children since Shasta Groene was found two years ago. When we are able to actually rescue these children from these monsters, its truly a miracle.

On another note, this man may be responsible for more disappearances in the area:

Gina Dawn Brooks in Fredericktown in 1989, last seen riding her bike

Two years later, Arlin Henderson disappears riding his bike near his home in Moscow Mills

In 2005 Bianca Piper is last seen walking on a road near her home near Foley

Heather Nicole Kullorn disappeared in 1987 when she was babysitting an infant for family friends. A neighbor saw a child being carried out of the apartment at 2:00 am wrapped in a blanket. She was reported missing at 5:00 am. Searchers found the blanket and traces of blood that matched Heather’s but the girl has never been found.

Scott Allen Kleeschulte, 9, who disappeared near his St. Charles home on the night of a fierce thunderstorm in 1988.

EDITED 1/12/06 11:24PM

The links provided to the sex registry for both Utah and Texas have been taken down. It seems that the social security numbers do not match. Not the same guy. Sorry.

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Found Alive! Ben Ownby & Shawn Hornbeck

Posted by KindraLore on January 13, 2007

Thanks to Valerie who posted on this blog and tipped me off to the amazing fact that today police found not only William “Ben” Ownby and but also Shawn Hornbeck was found alive in a Kirkwood apartment in the St. Louis area.Shawn Hornbeck has been missing for four years, last seen riding his bike to a friend’s home in Richwoods, MO in 2002. Not much else is known except the abductor appears to be a pizza deliveryman for Kirkwood’s Pizza.

Michael J. Devlin, 41, was arrested and has been charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, said Franklin County Prosecutor Robert Parks. Devlin was being held on $1 million bail, he said, and more charges are likely.
I am overjoyed at this news and overjoyed for the parents. Although I am sure these boys have some very significant issues because of this, especially Shawn, I hope and pray they can get through this with the help of their families one day at a time.

I would like to also give kudos to a poster on Court TV that called it. She posted this yesterday:


Registered: May 2006
Posts: 4
Hi everyone,

I wrote about this case, and its possible
connections to Shawn Hornbeck and Arlin Henderson, two other local boys who have
gone missing, on my crime blog –

wanted to give a heads up in case anyone wants to read it.



The link to her blog can be found here:

As Valerie said in her comment, it gives me hope for Colton. We can never give up.

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Another Child Lost – William “Ben” Ownby (And small update on Austin / Homer Clark)

Posted by KindraLore on January 11, 2007

Before I start this post I would like to bring you up to date on Colton. There has been no new info that has come to light to me regarding Colton. I have learned of a few tidbits here and there.First off, for all of those including me that thought that Austin/Homer has not been re-interviewed, he has. The problem lies in the fact that unfortunately whatever Austin has told authorities previously has been proven untruthful. I do not know if this means the porno investigation or more recent things such as Colton’s disappearance. All I do know is that because he has been untruthful in the past, it has proven him untrustworthy. Therefore, anything he has told authorities that cannot be verified is a problem.


That said, tonight I would like to focus on a new little boy tonight that has thought to been abducted. William “Ben” Ownsby got off his bus at his stop Monday, just like any other day. The only difference is Ben has not been seen since. This is strange and maybe subconciously why I am drawn to this case (although I worry about all these missing children), but if you look at Colt’s picture and Ben’s, they favor a lot.According to media reports an acquaintance of Ben’s saw a beat up white Nissan truck with a camper shell speeding away. Ben is a straight A student that seems to have no reason to have run away, and at this point it looks like Ben has been abducted.

As soon as I saw this report it disturbed me. I have worried about this child ever since. I find myself sitting at work or watching TV, and wondering where he is now. Is he alive? Is he ok? What unimaginable things does Ben have to endure? Do the police have leads? Can they find him in time or will he become another cold case as Colton’s case has become?

I cannot fathom in anyway, shape or form what his parents must be going through. All these years we protect them. His father was waiting for him on the little dusty dirt driveway of his home. He never showed.

Neighbors reported the same beat up white truck casing the neighborhood all day. This is a small town, country area and people notice things that don’t belong.

So this post is for Ben. I hope and pray LE will find Ben. I pray for his parents and family.

Have you seen Ben Ownsby?

FBI investigating 13-year-old boy’s disappearance after getting off school bus in Missouri

BEAUFORT, Mo. — Searchers fanned out in wooded areas Tuesday looking for a
13-year-old boy who disappeared after stepping off his school bus on Monday. The
FBI is investigating, and officials fear the boy may have been kidnapped.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for William Ownby, who goes by Ben. A
friend who left the bus with him told authorities that after the two parted, he
saw a small white pickup with a camper shell speeding away from where Ben had
been walking.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said Ben’s parents told authorities it
would be out of character for him to run away. Teachers said Ben is an “A”
student, “the type of student everyone would like to have,” Toelke said. The boy
had a black backpack with him, the sheriff said.

The boy’s father,
William Ownby, said neighbors had spotted the same truck cruising up and down a
county road near his wooded subdivision earlier that day. “We have a tight-knit
community here and when there’s something out of place, people notice,” said
Ownby, who was at home with his family and friends. “The longer this goes on,
the more stressful it gets,” Ownby said.

Beaufort Fire Chief William
Borgmann said searchers were looking for Ben on foot, horseback and ATV in the
hilly area about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. FBI Special Agent Roland
Corvington said stranger abductions are extremely rare, so it’s likely Ownby at
least met his abductor some time before. Speaking to a pool of television
cameras, Corvington urged the abductor to leave Ownby in a safe place.

“We’re coming after you,” Corvington said.

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