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    Default Authorities Will Make Arrests Soon in the Shawn Hornbeck Disappearance

    Posted Wednesday, November 6, 2002 by newsdesk

    KYRO has information that authorities have suspects involved with the disappearance Shawn Hornbeck. Arrests are expected soon. Confidential witnesses have come forward with information. Investigators from the Washington County Sheriffs Department, FBI, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other authorities, have worked many hours on the disappearance of the eleven year old Richwoods boy. Shawn has been missing since October 6th.

    http://www.kyro.com/cgi-bin/news/vie...6607612,16879,

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    Default New Clues Found in Shawn Hornbeck Investigation

    11/7/2002 7:09:19 AM

    (KSDK) -- There is new information this morning in the case of eleven year old Shawn Hornbeck. The boy has been missing from Richwoods, Missouri, south of St. Louis, since early last month.

    A volunteer reportedly has discovered some possible evidence along Highway "H." Two gloves were found in a ditch along with some possible blood. Investigators collected the gloves as clues, but report little else in the case.

    There has been speculation all along that Shawn was struck while riding his bicycle.

    http://ksdk.com/news/news_article_lc.asp?storyid=31595

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    Default New Leads In Missing Boy Case

    The F-B-I says remains found by Shawn Hornbeck's family members are not related to the case of the missing boy.
    ***snip

    Shawn's family says they had a credible lead from a Richwoods woman who came forward yesterday.

    She had information that Shawn may have been struck by a motorist who tried to destroy the evidence.
    ***snip

    Shawn vanished from Richwoods, about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis, October Sixth.

    Searchers have found no trace of him or his bicycle.

    http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=1003745

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    Default Volunteers in search for missing boy plan to check wells, mine shafts

    BY MATTHEW HATHAWAY
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    11/08/2002 09:55 PM

    Shawn Hornbeck's dad said on Friday that volunteers will search old wells, cisterns and mine shafts deep in the forests of Washington County this weekend, hoping to find some trace of the missing 11-year-old.
    ***snip

    Although police have reported no breaks in the case, family members and volunteer searchers have been inundated with tips that vary from the seemingly credible to the outlandish.
    ...snip

    This week, volunteer searchers, acting on an anonymous tip, found a pair of work gloves and possible blood spatters.
    ***snip

    On Thursday, volunteers drained a lake where another tipster told police Shawn's body may have been dumped, but searchers found no remains.

    Now, volunteers are scouring old maps and interviewing longtime residents of the area to compile a list of unused wells and cisterns and long-abandoned mines, where a tipster said Shawn's bike may have been dumped.

    Police have asked anyone with information to call the local office of the FBI or the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 573-438-5478. To volunteer in the search effort, call 573-678-2999, or visit www.shawnhornbeck.com.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...0mine%20shafts

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    Default Washington County sheriff's office is picketed

    BY TIM ROWDEN
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    11/12/2002 09:33 PM



    Pam and Craig Akers, the parents of Shawn Hornbeck, embrace outside the Washington County Courthouse on Tuesday where about 50 people picketed the sheriff's office.
    ***snip

    Shawn's family, increasingly frustrated after six weeks of scouring the woods around Richwoods, Mo., wants Sheriff Gary Yount to call in the St. Louis Area Major Case Squad. They also want him to do a better job of keeping them updated on the progress of the investigation.

    But the Major Case Squad won't be getting involved.
    ***snip

    Mearl Justus, chairman of the Major Case Squad and St. Clair County sheriff, said it would be unusual for the unit to get involved with a case that's more than a month old.

    Justus said the case squad's strength is its ability to involve scores of officers able to chase down every lead in the hours after a crime has been reported. The squad is a multijurisdictional police body.
    ***snip

    This week, family and friends offered a limited-time increase in the reward, to $21,000 from $11,000. If no one comes forward by midnight Saturday, the reward will return to $11,000.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 573-438-5478.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...unty%20sheriff's%20office%20is%20picketed%20

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    Post Things never change

    Another jurisdiction thing. The major case squad should have been called in immediately. Even at six weeks they should be able to help.

    That is an interesting thing to do with the reward. We have an expiration date on Rachel's reward, but it isn't that short of period of time.

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    Default Sheriff picks 2 to lead hunt for boy

    BY TIM ROWDEN
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    11/14/2002 08:51 PM

    The search for 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck took an unusual turn Thursday when Washington County Sheriff Gary Yount removed the lead detective in the case and replaced him with two other investigators.

    Yount would not name the new investigators or give a reason for the change.
    ***snip

    On Tuesday, supporters of Shawn's family, frustrated over the apparent lack of progress in the case, picketed the Sheriff's Department, saying they wanted Yount to call in the St. Louis Major Case Squad.

    Yount said he had called the Major Case Squad after Tuesday's demonstration but had been told that Washington County was outside its jurisdiction. Yount added that he felt the county could not afford to pay for the services of the multi-jurisdictional police body.

    Young said Doug Hollinsworth, the lead investigator, had been assigned to other cases and that the change was not a reflection on his performance.
    ***snip

    Hollinsworth wouldn't comment on the change. He referred all questions to Yount.
    ***snip


    Shawn's parents, Pam and Craig Akers, were in Los Angeles on Thursday taping an interview for the TV show "Beyond with James Van Praagh." Van Praagh says he is a psychic and claims to talk to the dead. The program airs at 10 a.m. Friday mornings on KPLR Channel 11.

    A family friend, Scott Barclay, who has been directing a volunteer search effort for Shawn in Richwoods, said he was disappointed that Hollinsworth had been removed.

    "He had several leads he was following, and now he's been taken off," Barclay said. "He was working very well with us. I don't know exactly why he was taken off the case and neither does (the family). "
    ***snip

    Anyone who has information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 1-573-438-5478. To volunteer in the search effort, call 1-573-678-2999 or visit www.shawnhornbeck.com.


    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...nt%20for%20boy

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    Default Volunteers will scale back their search for missing boy during hunting season

    BY TIM ROWDEN
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    11/15/2002 10:00 PM

    Volunteers searching the dense woods of Washington County for 11-year-old Shawn Hornbeck are scaling back their efforts because of deer season.

    The hunting season begins Saturday and continues through Nov. 26.

    The missing child's mother, Pam Akers, said the family was worried that searchers could be injured. She hopes hunters can be their eyes and ears for the next week.

    "The hunters know about our story, and they're going to be out there looking for him," she said.
    ***snip

    Akers said the family planned to use the time to regroup and follow leads. She said the volunteer search effort would resume on Nov. 27.
    ***snip

    The investigation into the child's disappearance took an unexpected turn this week when Washington County Sheriff Gary Yount removed Doug Hollinsworth, the lead detective in the case, and replaced him with a part-time deputy and an investigator from the Washington County prosecutor's office.

    Yount would not give a reason for the change but said it was not related to Hollinsworth's performance.

    Akers said she was disappointed with the change because Hollinsworth had been sharing information with her family.
    ***snip

    Anyone with information about Shawn's disappearance is asked to call their nearest law enforcement agency or the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 1-573-438-5478.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...hunting+season

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    Default Reward Increases In Hornbeck Case

    Warning: Some details here are gruesome.

    By James B. Bartle, sullivannews.com
    Nov 13, 2002, 20:20:00


    The case surrounding the disappearance of Shawn Hornbeck took several turns this week, concluding with a one-time $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his disappearance.

    The reward is in addition to a $20,000 reward donated anonymously for the safe return of Hornbeck.
    ***snip

    Craig Akers, stepfather to Hornbeck, announced at the conference that a confidential female informant has told authorities that on the afternoon that Hornbeck disappeared, a male, allegedly operating a pickup truck and high on methamphetamine, struck Hornbeck on his bicycle while riding on Highway H in Richwoods.

    The truck possibly held five passengers who panicked when they allegedly struck the young boy.
    ***snip

    The group is then alleged to have chopped the bicycle into pieces and then torched any remaining items.

    The body of Hornbeck was then alleged to have been dropped into a well in the area of Cedar Hollow Road, off Highway 47.
    ***snip

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Shawn Hornbeck Volunteer Command Post at 573-678-2999 or the Washington County Sheriff at 573-438-5478.
    ***snip

    http://sullivannews.com/articles/pub...icle_670.shtml

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    Default Update on Shawn Hornbeck

    Shawn is still missing. If you have any information about Shawn's case please contact
    Washington County Sheriff's Office (Missouri) 1-573-438-5478, the Command Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866-400-5353 or you can send us email anytime at info@shawnhornbeck.com or National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

    Shawn's web site:
    www.shawnhornbeck.com/


    The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing assistance in the location and recovery of missing or abducted children through a unique four-pronged approach that includes media relations and information distribution, search and command center set-up and operations, search and rescue team activation, and canine search teams.

    www.shawnhornbeckfoundation.com/

    On April 5-6 2003, Shawn's parents, Pam and Craig Akers traveled to Austin Texas to participate in the first ever Music For The Missing Concert sponsored by the parents of Rachel Cooke, missing since January 10, 2002.

    www.rachelcookesearch.org

    Copyright 2003 Jacqueline L. Riggs

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    Default The Shawn Hornbeck Search & Rescue Team Searches for Christian Ferguson

    Search continues for Christian Ferguson

    By Bill Bryan Post-Dispatch
    updated: 06/12/2003 01:09 PM

    Police are still searching for a profoundly disabled 9-year-old boy whose father reported him kidnapped and whose chance of survival more than a day without medication is considered slim. He remained missing this morning.

    Volunteers were setting up a command post at the Marvin Park United Methodist Church. 9355 St. Charles Rock Road in St. John. They began distributing fliers on car windows and phone poles and were trying to decide where they might begin a search.

    Many had put in time looking for Shawn Hornbeck, 11, who disappeared Oct. 6 while riding a bicycle near Richwoods, Mo. Chris Diamond, spokesman for the Scott Hornbeck search crew, said they would be careful Thursday not to get in the way of law enforcement.
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    The Shawn Hornbeck Search and Rescue Team brought in a search dog and 17 volunteers this morning to help in the search for Christian. Shawn Hornbeck, an 11-year-old Washington County boy, disappeared while riding a bicycle near in home in rural Richwoods, Mo., last October.

    Kim Evans, a search team volunteer, said Christan's mother called the team Wednesday night to ask for their help. "We'll be available as long as needed," Evans said.
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    A source close to the case described the condition as argininosuccinate synthetase deficiency. He said the boy was in a "very brittle medical condition" and added, "If they don't find him within 24 to 26 hours, he won't be alive."
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    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/ne...istian+Ferguson
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    Default SEARCH DOGS; HORNBECK FOUNDATION HELPING

    Volunteers are being asked to come help in the search for a severely disabled nine-year-old boy. Christian Ferguson has not been seen since Wednesday morning. Search dogs spent Thursday afternoon looking for any sign of Christian. Search Volunteer Bill Weldon said, "We reason things out in our minds. We search rhyme and reason. A dog just follows his nose." Volunteers with the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation (Shawn Hornbeck disappeared from Richwoods, Missouri last October) followed those dogs noses through the Ferguson neighborhood where the allegedly stolen SUV was abandonded, and tagging along was Christian's stepdad, Victor Thomas. He said, "We apprecitate the rescue teams helping. We're going to continue for however many days it takes, no matter how many months it takes, were not going to give up until we find Christian. The dogs simply look for a scent. Those at the other end of the leash in cases like these have to be prepared to find a boy or a body." While searchers and Christian's mother remains hopeful, her family have questions for Christian's father, who's 911 call sparked a S.A.R.A.A. alert and a metrowide search. When asked if Christian's Grandmother Sandra Wilson believed him, she said, "No. When he comes and talks to me, maybe I'll believe him." While dozens of volunteers search for Christian, police--including homicide detectives--search for any clues to the little boy's whereabouts. As detectives follow all leads, Victor Thomas will keep looking for a boy he's learned to love as his own. "When Christian became ill, he wasn't the same Christian we know, but as far as loving, that will never change." Investigators told the Post-Dispatch they were trying to figure out why Christian's father stopped to use a pay phone Wednesday morning, since he had a cell phone with him.



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