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    Default Shawn Hornbech - Endangered Missing

    www.shawnhornbeck.com

    Edited to add web site address.
    Last edited by JR; October 23, 2002, 7:06 pm at Wed Oct 23 19:06:40 UTC 2002.

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    Default Hundreds join search for missing Washington County boy

    BY TIM ROWDEN

    Friends and townspeople joined police and rescue workers Tuesday in searching for Shawn Hornbeck, the 11-year-old who was last seen riding his green mountain bike on his way to a friend's house in Washington County.

    Friends and neighbors held out hope that he was alive.
    ***snip

    On Monday, Pamela Akers watched the hands on her kitchen clock as the seconds ticked toward 1 p.m., marking 24 hours since she last saw her son,

    He left home Sunday afternoon to visit a friend but never arrived.

    With her voice quivering, Akers said she was trying not to think about why.

    Police and volunteers spent Monday scouring the woods and roadsides around Akers' home in Richwoods, a former mining community in northeastern Washington County. But the day ended with the same mystery they had faced Sunday: Where was Shawn?

    Shawn was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Sunday riding his bicycle near Highways 47 and A, about a half-mile from his home.
    ***snip

    He was wearing blue jeans and an orange Astros T-shirt from his Little League baseball team and riding a 20-inch lime-green mountain bike.
    ***snip

    Richwoods, about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis, is a rural area of modest homes, set far apart or in small clusters off winding two-lane Highway A.

    The terrain is rough, with sinkholes and old mine shafts under the woods.

    It's the type of place where it's easy to get lost.

    It's also the type of place, said John Youngblood, one of dozens of volunteers who turned out Monday, where everyone knows everyone else, and "nobody thinks anything like this can happen."
    ***snip

    Shawn was supposed to have been home by 5 p.m. Sunday, his mother said. She waited until 6 p.m., then went to his friend's house. They hadn't seen him.

    Authorities said later that a family friend reported seeing him about 4:30 p.m. on his bike.
    When it started to get dark outside, Akers called police.

    Sleepless, worried and told by authorities to stay close to her phone, she busied herself on her home computer Monday, printing fliers with her son's picture and searching her mind for clues.
    ***snip

    "He's scared of the dark," she said. "He's always home by dark."
    ***snip

    They searched for any sign: the bicycle or a piece of clothing in the woods. But they found nothing. It was as though Shawn had simply vanished.

    With no evidence that he had been hit by a car or fallen victim to foul play, authorities speculated that Shawn might have ridden into the woods and fallen off his bicycle, perhaps injuring himself.
    ***snip

    Shawn's father, Craig Akers, spent the day on the back of an ATV and wiped tears from his dust-covered cheeks at noon when he came back empty-handed.
    ***snip

    Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff at 573-438-5478.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday%5Cn...ton+County+boy

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    Default Missing Missouri Boy May Have Been Abducted

    Boy Last Seen Riding Bicycle
    Posted: 8:25 a.m. EDT October 10, 2002

    ST. LOUIS -- Nancy Wilkes slept on a pew inside Book of Acts Methodist Church. Clara Boyer slept two hours at some point, but couldn't say when.

    Few people have been able to rest in this tiny eastern Missouri town since 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck was reported missing Sunday evening.

    Friends and townspeople joined police and rescue workers Tuesday in searching for the fifth-grader, last seen riding his green mountain bike on his way to a friend's house. Friends and neighbors held out hope that he was alive.
    ***snip

    "Everyone's feeling disbelief. We're in shock and just want to help because we all have kids of our own," she said.

    Hundreds of people from throughout eastern Missouri have been combing through the rugged terrain and abandoned strip mines that surround Richwoods, about 45 miles from St. Louis.
    ***snip

    Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Thurmon said crews of eight to 10 people were searching each part of the grid on foot, all-terrain vehicles and horseback, day and night. The FBI was assisting in the search.

    St. Louis' KSDK-TV reported Tuesday that authorities found a wrapper of beef jerky 3.5 miles from where Shawn was last seen. Officials believed the jerky was the last thing the 11-year-old had eaten.
    ***snip

    Felicia Horton, 13, and other students have been excused from class at Richwood's school district since Monday to join the search. Jamie Wideman, 13, and Rose Evans, 12, joined the search Tuesday and said other students would help after school.

    Horton said Shawn wasn't the type to run away. "All I know is everybody and his parents care about him," she said.

    Dave Godat, pastor at Book of Acts, canceled his church's revival this week to focus on the search. He said he often saw Shawn at the local church's youth center and described him as a good kid.
    ***snip

    Shawn was last seen when he left his home on a 21-inch green mountain bike. He was on his way to a friend's house but he never arrived. Shawn was wearing an orange Houston Astros T-shirt, blue jeans and Nike brand shoes.

    http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/sh...10-071010.html

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    Post Shawn

    Casey Williamson's aunt e-mailed me and said she went down to the search center for Shawn Hornbeck. She donated some supplies and talked to the family.

    I'm sure that it helped both parties to communicate together.

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    Default Searchers for boy turn their attention to ranch

    Volunteers searching for a missing Washington County boy are focusing their attention on a 30,000-acre ranch property about five miles south of where the fifth-grader was last seen.
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    Shawn's dad, Craig Akers, said about 35 volunteers walked the ranch property off Highway 47 Tuesday after receiving a tip...snip

    Volunteers should report to the volunteer command center at 8:30 a.m. today. Directions to the command center are available at

    www.shawnhornbeck.com or by calling 573-678-2999.

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    Default Shawn Hornbeck - Search help needed

    How To Help Us With The Search -

    Many people have been asking how they can help the friends and family of Shawn. Right now we are asking that you please print out the flyers and distribute it around your town. Also please let others know about this web site to help spread the word about the search for Shawn.

    NEEDED IMMEDIATELY:

    Volunteers to Search - On foot, ATV* or Horseback* ( *you must supply the atv and horse for these options). We need to keep searching for any clues to help bring Shawn home!!!

    SPECIAL REQUESTS:

    Food, Soda, Water - We are asking for a lot of non-perishable items so that we can store it without refrigeration! We will also accept other food items anytime!

    Cash Donations - We are needing cash donations to help with expenses such as gas, phone charges, supplies, etc that are needed to be purchased rather than being donated. Every $ helps get us closer to bringing him home!!!

    Green Surveyors Tape

    ADDITIONAL WISH LIST:
    Cans of Mace - for protection of volunteers
    Gasoline for ATV's
    Compass's
    Portable Bathrooms - Johnny on the Spot
    Electronic GPS
    Clipboards
    Sharpie Markers
    1/2'' Masking Tape

    Volunteers are needed to help continue the search. The search group will begin at 9am at the Methodist Church. We are looking for volunteers to help search on foot, on horseback and on ATV's.

    NOTE: Please wear Long Pants, Long Sleeve Shirts, gloves and Hiking or rugged shoes for hiking. If you have fishing waiters please bring them, they may be needed.

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    Default Shawn Hornbeck Search and Reward Fund Donations

    Shawn Hornbeck Donations -

    The Shawn Hornbeck Search and Rescue Team asks that if you would would like to donate to the Search efforts that you please send all cash donations to either the:

    Shawn Hornbeck Trust Fund - Used for Daily Operating and Searching expenses

    Eagle Bank
    #50 Jefferson Square
    Desoto, Mo 63020
    1-636-337-3636
    Fax: 1-636-337-3323
    Or Any other Eagle Bank Location!

    Shawn Hornbeck Trust Fund - To Donate to the
    Reward Fund

    Bank of Hillsboro
    P.O. Box 708
    Hillsboro, Mo 63050-0708

    http://www.shawnhornbeck.com/

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    Default Case of Missing Heartland Boy Gets National Attention

    Millions of people got to see the face of a missing Heartland boy on the CBS show "Without A Trace". Thursday night, at the end of the show, a clip of Shawn Hornbeck, the missing 11-year old boy from Washington County, aired.

    ...snip "Hollywood brings us a lot of things that show immediate closure and they seem to make it lok so easy. There's always a lead, there's always evidence. But reality is not always like that. There's not always something to go by. There's not always a piece of evidence found. In this case, we've found absolutely nothing," said Craig Akers, Hornbeck's father.

    Hundreds of volunteers were touched by Hornbeck's story...snip

    ...snip "My mission is to find Shawn. That's a promise I made to him the day that he disappeared. I owe him that and I won't stop until we find him," said Akers.

    America's Most wanted will be in the Heartland Monday to profile Hornbeck.

    http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.a...4&nav=8H3xC0BG

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    Default Mother of missing boy holds out hope

    BY TIM ROWDEN
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    10/27/2002 09:30 PM

    Pam Akers (left), the mother of 11-year-old Shawn Damian Hornbec, at her home by her niece Kathy Drennen in Potosi.

    The dense woods of rural Richwoods, still lush with late summer greenery on the day that 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck vanished three weeks ago, have taken on the red-orange and yellow hues of autumn. And with it has come a tinge of despair for Shawn's parents, Pam and Craig Akers.
    ***snip

    "If he was just hurt or lost out there, I believe we would have found him by now," says Pam Akers, adding that she still believes her son is alive.

    It's an awkward sort of optimism.

    If Shawn isn't hurt or lost, she theorizes, then he must have been taken. And if he has been taken, then he can be returned.
    ***snip

    Police disbanded a command post in Richwoods more than a week ago. But Akers says her family will continue searching, for as long as it takes, or as long as they can. She's not ready to put a date on it.

    A photograph of Shawn is staked near the road in Pam and Craig Akers' front yard. His smiling face greets visitors beneath a single word: Missing.

    In the weeks since Shawn disappeared, the sign has become a sort of shrine. There's a toy truck beneath the sign, beside some flowers and a red teddy bear.
    ***snip

    Shawn loved the racing games. He played sports, but he didn't follow them. What he liked were big engines, monster trucks, riding lawnmowers.

    If it had a motor, he wanted to ride it.

    His parents bought him a dirt bike over the summer, and he dreamed of racing motocross like his dad had done when he was younger.
    ***snip

    Patrick's dad, Tim Reeves, coached their little league baseball team this summer.

    When Shawn disappeared, it was Patrick who received the first phone call. Authorities used his team jersey to show searchers what Shawn had been wearing.

    But Patrick hadn't seen Shawn that day and didn't know where to tell his parents to look. Shawn didn't have any secret hiding spots, he said.
    ***snip

    Patrick, too, hopes that Shawn has been abducted. At least then, he says, he'd be in a house and warm.
    ***snip

    It's hard, Tim Reeves says, because police and volunteers have been unable to find anything.
    ***snip

    In the first days after he disappeared, more than 200 people turned out to help in the search effort. Some students were excused from class, and Shawn's teachers and principal, Scott Blake, were among the volunteers.
    ***snip

    Reluctantly, life is edging back to normal.

    Though yellow ribbons and missing posters hang on the front door of the school, out back children are screaming and giggling on the playground. Parent-teacher conferences were held as scheduled last week.
    ***snip

    "We'll never be back to normal as a family," she said, "but we have to start."

    Shawn's dad, Craig Akers, has taken an indefinite leave from work while he continues to search for Shawn.

    Shawn was a little over a year old when Craig and Pam Akers met. Their first date must have been a good one because Craig moved in the next day.

    When Craig and Pam were married three years ago, it was Shawn who gave his mother away.
    ***snip


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    Default Still no solid leads in Shawn Hornbeck's disappearance

    By Jim Suhr
    Associated Press Writer

    10/29/2002 04:58 PM

    Investigators of the disappearance of 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck won't overlook a theory -- one of many in the case -- that the fifth-grader may have happened upon criminals running a remote methamphetamine lab, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

    But Washington County prosecutor John Rupp dismissed as hearsay some broadcast reports that volunteer searchers for Shawn, missing for more than three weeks, had been threatened by meth dealers twitchy that search efforts might uncover their labs.
    ***snip

    ``Yes, Washington County has a meth problem, and Richwoods has a meth problem,'' Rupp said. ``There is a theory, and it cannot be overlooked...snip

    Overall, the prosecutor said, ``we really don't have any solid leads or evidence''...snip

    Since then, Rupp said, searchers who have scoured the densely wooded, one-time mining town have discovered about five former meth-making sites.

    Shawn's father, Craig Akers, said he was unaware of any direct meth-related threats -- only rumors...snip

    ``We take every threat seriously, even if it's from some nut case with no intention of carrying out the threat...snip

    ``We won't tolerate this type of nonsense that diverts us from the real purpose of finding Shawn.''

    Volunteer searchers on Tuesday numbered about 10 by Akers' estimate, a fraction of the more than 200 that converged on Richwoods in the first few days after Shawn vanished.

    While Akers calls the thinning ranks of searchers ``disappointing, no question,'' the effort to find the boy -- in some fashion -- presses on.

    ``We try to keep our chin up and stay optimistic,''...snip


    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...awn%20Hornbeck's%20disappearance

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    Default Hornbeck Case To Get National Exposure

    The case of Shawn Hornbeck will be getting some more national media exposure. Just last week, his picture and information were featured at the end of the CBS show "Without a Trace". Now he'll appear on the popular "America's Most Wanted" show.

    Hornbeck disappeared almost a month ago.
    ***snip

    All of this will go into a segment that will run either this Saturday night or next.

    The hope is that telling Shawn's story, and showing his picture nationwide will bring in a tip that brings the 11-year old home.

    America's Most Wanted is also featuring the search for Shawn Hornbeck on it's website.
    ***snip

    http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.a...3&nav=8H3xC3eI

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    Default Missing Boys' Mother Talks for the First Time

    The mother of a missing 11-year old boy talks to Heartland News for the first time since her son was reported missing.

    In an interview Wednesday with KFVS reporter Randall Kamm, Pam Akers said she believes her son was the victim of an accident...snip

    Pam Akers says it is possible that Shawn was abducted, but believes he is still alive...snip

    Ms. Akers says:"I know kids just don't vanish. Someone out there knows what happened. Even if they want to do it anonymously or through a thrid pary, they need to call and let us know what happened."


    http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.a...7&nav=8H3xC6ZI

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