Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A teenage boy named Shawn Hornbeck is missing from his Missouri home.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: Shawn Damian Hornbeck, then an 11-year-old boy, went missing from his Richwoods, Missouri, home on
In January 2007, more than four years later, the now 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck was recovered along with another boy from the apartment of his abductor in Kirkwood, Missouri. He, along with 13-year-old William Ben Ownby (who had disappeared a few days earlier), appear to be unharmed.
Police had been serving a warrant on an apartment complex when they noticed a white truck matching the description of a vehicle authorities had been searching for in the Ownby investigation. Further investigation led to the discovery of the boys.
Michael J. Devlin, 41, has been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping. He is being held on
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