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Adriaunna Horton obituary released; funeral is Wednesday

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Update 10/16:  According to court documents, Prosecutors have dismissed a statutory rape charge against Bourne. He still remains charged w/ 1st Degree Murder and Child Kidnapping. 


Adriaunna Marie Horton was born April 19, 2001, to James William Horton and Wendi Renea Jackson, in Grove, Okla. She went to meet the Lord on Aug. 19, 2013.

Adriaunna grew up in Golden City, Mo., and was in the 6th grade at Golden City R-3 Schools. She attended the First Christian Church in Golden City and participated in the youth group and children's choir. Adriaunna had played ball from age 5 to 11. She loved horses, nature and being outside playing with her sisters, cousins and friends. She was a free spirit that always had a smile and a hug for you and wanted to help everyone. Adriaunna was a true little angel loved by her class and many others.

Adriaunna is survived by her parents, James W. Horton, Golden City, and Wendi Jackson, Overland Park, Kan.; her sisters, Destiny Nicole, Lydia Michelle and Madison Lynn Horton, of the home; her paternal grandparents L.C. and Velma Horton, Golden City; her maternal grandparents, Wiley Jackson, Grove, and Brenda Brewer, Eugene, Ore.; her uncles, Larry Wayne Horton and wife, Jenna, Golden City, Cliff Horton and wife, Christy, Arcola, Mo., Chad Jackson, and Cody Jackson and wife, Lacey, both from Grove; and her cousins, Chester, Dalton, Cutter, Ashley and Haley Horton, Maci, Carley, Chea, Nathaniel and Denver Jackson. Many other relatives, classmates, friends and neighbors will cherish the memories of this loving and caring young lady.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Golden City School Gymnasium in Golden City.

Arrangements under direction of Pugh Funeral Home, Golden City.

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Updated August 24, 2013 at 7:41 PM CST:  Funeral arrangements are announced for Adriaunna Horton.  A memorial service and funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 P.M. at the Golden City High School.  Her family will gather with friends at the city park following her burial.

Updated August 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM CST:  Charges have been filed against Bobby D. Bourne Jr. of Lockwood, Missouri.

Bourne has been charged with child kidnapping, forcible rape, statutory rape and first degree murder.

Bourne's arraignment is scheduled for August 26.

His bond is set at $2 million

Updated August 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM CST:  Authorities expect to file additional charges against the man accused of kidnapping a Southwest Missouri girl following the positive identification of her body.

Authorities say the body of Adriaunna Horton was officially identified through DNA during an autopsy in Springfield.  They're not commenting on a suspected cause of death.

Hundreds of volunteers had joined law officers in the search for Adriaunna after she disappeared from a park Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the site where her body was discovered Wednesday is in neighboring Dade County, however, Barton County will continue the investigation.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, authorities thanked everyone who has assisted in the case and said it's taken an emotional toll on a lot of people.

"A heartbreaking situation that's going on right now, not only for the family, but the whole community was tight knit, I mean everybody is very close, even some of the officers on my department had interacted with the family," says Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw.

The man charged with the kidnapping of Horton, Bobby Bourne Jr., has been moved from Barton County to Jasper County jail.

Although charges have not been upgraded yet, the Barton County prosecuting attorney says new charges will be filed against Bourne.

Watch the entire news conference in the video gallery above.

Updated August 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM CST:  An afternoon media conference today confirmed that a body found Wednesday in rural Golden City is in fact Adriaunna Horton.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says an autopsy was preformed Thursday morning in Springfield, but they have not released details on what was found at this time.

The man charged with the kidnapping of Horton, Bobby Bourne Jr., has been moved from Barton County to Jasper County jail.  MHP says charges have not been upgraded at this time.

However, the Barton County prosecuting attorney says new charges will be brought against Bourne, either Friday or early next week.

The Barton County sheriff says Bourne was moved to the Jasper County jail for security reasons.

We will post the video from this afternoon's news conference as soon as possible.

Updated August 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM CST:  The man charged with kidnapping Adriaunna Horton has been transferred from the Barton County Jail to the Jasper County Jail.

Late Thursday night the Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed the body of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton of Golden City had been found.

Bobby D. Bourne, 34, of Lamar, is charged with kidnapping and is now in the Jasper County Jail.

A news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Lamar.


At approximately 1:50 p.m., on Wednesday August 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, August 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, August 23, 2013, at the Barton County Ambulance Service Headquarters, located at 1100 Cherry, in Lamar, MO.

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.

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Updated August 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM CST:  A memorial fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses for Adriaunna Horton.

Donations may be made at a Metropolitan National Bank in Golden City, Lamar or Springfield.

Or, send donations to:
Adriaunna Horton Memorial Fund
200 Chestnut Street
Golden City, MO 64748

Updated August 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM CST:  The man charged with kidnapping Adriaunna Horton has a history of violence.  Bobby Bourne Jr. remains in the Barton County jail on a $1 million bond.

Adriaunna's father says he's familiar with Bourne's criminal past.

"He worked for me for a little while," says James Horton.  "We did construction and things like that.  He was a neighbor.  He used to live behind us for a little while.  He moved away, went to jail, after a while he came back and pulled this stunt here."

In October 2012 Bourne was charged with assault, domestic assault and endangering welfare of child.  In May of 2013 he was convicted on two counts domestic assault.

Bourne also has convictions for domestic assaults, unlawful use of a weapon, DWI and was on probation for domestic violence.

A Facebook page with Bobby Bourne's name shows he is married, and has children.  He lists a local nursing home as his employer, although workers there say the man has never worked at the facility.

His last Facebook entry on July 23 is a birthday wish to his nine year old daughter.

Bourne also uploaded several videos  on YouTube.

Now Adriaunna's family is left wondering what role this man played in the disappearance and death of their little girl.

Investigators aren't saying if Bourne cooperated in the search for Adriaunna Horton.

Updated August 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM CST:  A tragic turn in the case of a missing Golden City, Missouri girl.  Authorities confirm a body has been recovered.  The body is presumed to be that of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who was last seen Monday afternoon getting into a pickup truck at a park.

After a nearly two-day search for the missing girl word came this afternoon that a body had been found.  Authorities will not confirm if the body is Horton's, but volunteers conducting a search for her has been called off.

The man charged with kidnapping Horton has a history of violence.  Court documents show Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, was convicted in May on two counts of domestic violence for an incident that occurred in October 2012.

According to the documents Bourne was charged with endangering the welfare of a child but not convicted of that charge.  He was put on probation for domestic assault, and already had four previous felony convictions.

Earlier today Adriaunna's father told us he thinks things would have gone differently if he'd known Bourne's history.

"He's just a worker, he was a coworker," says James  Horton.  "He worked for me for a little while.  We did construction and things like that.  He was a neighbor.  He used to live behind us for a little while.  He moved away, went to jail, after a while he came back and pulled this stunt here."

Bourne is currently being held at the Barton County jail on a $1 million bond.

We'll have more on the story tonight on KOAM News at 6.

Updated August 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM CST:  The Missouri Highway Patrol has confirmed that a body has been found, however they will not confirm if the body is that of Adriaunna Horton.

A media conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Updated August 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM CST: The body of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton has been found.  A family friend confirms the child was found dead.

The news comes after a nearly 48 hour search for the missing girl.  She reportedly was playing in a park when she got in a vehicle.

Bobby Bourne Jr., an acquaintance of the family, has been held in connection with Horton's disappearance.  He is held on a $1 million bond and is charged with kidnapping.

Again, the body of Adriaunna Horton, the missing 12 year old has been found.

According to a family friend the girl's family has been notified.

Updated August 21, 2013 at August 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM CST:  The Missouri Highway Patrol says Adriaunna Horton is still missing.  Search parties gathered in Golden City this morning at about 9:30 a.m. for a second full day of searching for the missing 12 year old.

Altogether, the MHP says search party teams have covered five square miles of land surrounding the community since the girl went missing on Monday night.

On Monday, 250 volunteers and 25 first responding agencies aided in the search.  Authorities expect the same today.

The suspect, Bobby Bourne Jr., is still in the Barton County jail and is charged with kidnapping.

Police will not say if there is a second suspect in mind that may have aided in the kidnapping, but court documents show us that Bourne did have a violent past.  The Probable Cause for the Horton kidnapping case, however, has been sealed by a judge.

"I'm hoping she is just scared in a building or a field," says Adriaunna's father, James Horton.  "I'm hoping and praying she is west of town here where we are going to go search.  I'm hoping she is out there somewhere."

Adriaunna's father did say he had worked with Bourne in the past but never would have let his kids around the man if he knew he could do something like this.

For now he is holding up hope for him and his three other daughters.

Authorities continue to ask for volunteers in the search.

Updated August 20, 2013 at August 20, 2013 at 10:45PM CST:  Authorities continue their search and look into possible leads.  Volunteer search crews will resume their search at 10:00 a.m.

Updated August 20, 2013 at 5:45PM CST:  Authorities say a charge of kidnapping has been filed against Bobby D. Bourne, Jr., age 34 of Lamar.

Bourne remains in custody on a $1 million bond.

More information will be posted shortly.

Authorities say they are still taking leads and looking for volunteers willing to help in the search.

Updated August 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM CST:  A media conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Updated August 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST:  Hundreds of first responders and volunteers are flocking to Golden City, Missouri to help locate a missing girl.  Adriaunna Horton is 4 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 70 pounds and was last seen Monday evening at Hazel Park wearing a pink t-shirt with hearts on it and jeans.

"Like somebody tore my heart out of my chest and stomped it into the ground and walked off," says James Horton, Adriaunna's father.  "If you take everything bad you can think of and all the worst feelings you have and multiple it by 1,0000."

Adriaunna Horton went missing Monday night from Hazel Park, where witnesses reported her getting into a vehicle.

"I had come outside and dialed 911 and said 'I need officers now' and I found a first responder and got her screaming on her phone," James Horton says.

As soon as word started to spread James Horton says many in the community begin joining together to help in the search.  Before long 14 law enforcement agencies and 15 fire rescue were in town looking for this little girl.  City Hall has been made into a makeshift headquarters.  More than 250 volunteers have already come from across the area to help locate.  K-9 and horse rescue teams, as well as watercraft are searching the area.  A helicopter was brought in early on Tuesday.

Many say in a town like Golden City, with a population under 750, everyone is family, which makes the hunt for Adriaunna that much more vital.

"It's just really family oriented here, around here, around Golden City, and everyone is shocked and they are working really hard to find this missing lady," says Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw.

The town's mayor says the response has been incredible.

"It says that the people of Southwest Missouri are true and they stick together - when one is in trouble everyone comes," says Mayor Harry Lopez.

James Horton is a father of four and says he appreciates all of the community outpouring of support and will take all of the help he can locating his little girl.

The vehicle described by witnesses was found about an hour after Adriaunna went missing, but she was nowhere in sight.

Authorities say they released an endangered missing person alert and not an Amber Alert because the vehicle in question had already been located, with a suspect taken into custody.

Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri Highway Patrol was hesitant to call this incident a kidnapping, or to call the man in custody a suspect, but did confirm the man had a connection to Adriaunna's father.

There is a 24 hour hold period before a person in custody must be charged or released and according to Sgt. Watson that will run out around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"Obviously our priority is finding her, I don't want to put a timetable on it and indicating, 'hey, we're going to do it for this long' and right now I don't think it's fair," says Sgt. Watson.

Authorities say they are expanding their search as new leads come in, and will not put an end date on the search.  Volunteers tell us they are willing to keep searching until someone sends her home.

Updated August 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM CST:  The search continues for Adriaunna Horton, 12, of Golden City, Missouri.

Authorities say Horton was playing at Hazel Park when other children there realized she wasn't there.  The children contacted Horton's father, who then called 911 at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

At about 6:30 p.m. a man driving a vehicle described by witnesses who saw the girl get into it was taken into custody.  Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw says the man may have resided in Golden City at one point and he is familiar with the subject.

In addition to numerous volunteers, 14 agencies are either on site or en route to help in the search for Horton according to Missouri Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Mike Watson.  A helicopter and watercraft has been involved in the search.  The Red Cross, Missouri Highway Patrol, Barton County Sheriff's Office, Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Webb City Police Department are among those on site.

More information will be posted as it is confirmed.

Updated August 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM CST: A media briefing was scheduled for 10 a.m. in Golden City in the case of missing child Adriaunna Horton.  She's been missing since 5:00 pm last night.

A suspect was taken into custody, but the girl is still missing.

Once we hear from our news team we will post more information.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 5:42 AM CST:  The Barton County Sheriff's Department has issued an endangered person advisory for Adriaunna Horton, 12, approx. 4'5", 70 lbs, short brown hair, fair complexion, wearing a pink t-shirt with hearts on it and jean shorts.

Authorities say she went missing near Golden Ave. at High St. in Golden City, MO around 5:00 PM Monday evening.

Initial reports indicate, about a half hour later, a possible suspect and vehicle were located, with the person of interest taken into custody.

Sgt. Mike Watson with the Missouri Highway Patrol says a search will continue throughout the morning, and a media briefing will be held later this morning.

Anyone with information on Horton's whereabouts is asked to contact the Barton County Sheriff's Department.

We'll continue to bring you information as it becomes available.

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