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Prosecutor charges man with murdering girl who was kidnapped in Golden City

August 23, 2013|by Mary Moloney and Gene Hartley, KSPR News | mmoloney@kspr.com

LAMAR, Mo. -- The Barton County prosecuting attorney late Friday afternoon charged a man for the murder of a 12-year-old girl from Golden City.   Adriaunna Horton's body was found Wednesday afternoon after she was kidnapped on Monday afternoon.  At a news conference on Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials wouldn’t say how Adriaunna died or talk about other evidence around her body or from the autopsy.

Bobby D. Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree statutory rape, forcible rape and kidnapping.  Adriaunna was playing at Hazel's Park near her home in Golden City with friends and a sister after her first day of school.  Her father says Bourne used to work for him and Adriaunna was acquainted with him and his daughter.  The other children said Bourne asked Adriaunna to get in his car to help him look for his daughter.

At the news conference, Barton County Sheriff Mitchell Shaw recapped the search for Adriaunna, whose body was found east of Golden City in Dade County.  He said, when his department got the 9-1-1 call from Adriaunna’s father, he knew his department was going to need assistance.  Shaw said he immediately contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Southwest Missouri Major Case Squad.

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson thanked the many agencies and volunteers involved in the search.  He said more than 100 law enforcement officers and more than 250 volunteers helped with the search.

Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly said a judge sealed the court file on Bourne’s kidnapping case so the investigation wouldn’t be compromised.   Kaderly wouldn’t talk about the evidence against Bourne.  He said he agreed with the case file remaining sealed so detectives can do their jobs.

Kaderly says Bourne's crimes were committed in Barton County.  He said he'll decide later whether to seek a death penalty, based on the details of the case.  Kaderly said the Missouri Attorney General's Office will help him prosecute Bourne.

Watson said Adriaunna’s body was on private land.  He said investigators followed leads to find it, but wouldn’t comment on what led them to the location of the body.  The Highway Patrol spokesman said detectives have interviewed and talked to several people, but wouldn't comment on whether any other individuals may be connected to the case.

The sheriff said Bourne was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday, 90 minutes after the kidnapping and about five or six blocks away from Hazel’s Park.    Adriaunna’s body was found about 1 p.m. Wednesday.  The autopsy was in Springfield on Thursday morning.

The online court file says Bourne is scheduled to make his first court appearance on this case on Monday at 2.  Shaw said he moved Bourne to the Jasper County jail in Carthage for his own protection from other inmates because it’s a more secure jail.   He called the whole situation frustrating and heartbreaking.

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