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Body Found: Search Called Off For Missing 12-Year-Old

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. -- Authorities confirm a body has been located and the search has been called off for missing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton.
BARTON COUNTY, Mo. -- Authorities in Barton County confirm a body has been located and the search has been called off for missing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton.

Around 2:30 p.m., search crews narrowed in on a 3-foot by 3-foot patch of dirt near the intersection of Farm Roads 60 and 100, just west of Golden City. Investigators say they located jewelry next to the location.

Adriaunna's family was called to the local church to confirm the identity; meanwhile, search crews told KOLR10 News they've been told to halt their efforts.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a news conference at 4:30 p.m. in which it confirmed the body was found, but that an official identification could come in the next 24 hours.

"We really do appreciate them helping and everyone coming from where they have to look for her and law enforcement we appreciate what they're doing," said uncle Cliff Horton. "We can't thank them enough. There is people out here I don't know."

"It's a small town," says Golden City resident Tom Combs. "That's what we do. We help each other, but yeah, if it was my granddaughter, I would sure want everyone out here."

It was the third day volunteers and law officers were searching for the girl who vanished Monday evening from Hazel Park in Golden City.

Jailed and charged with her kidnapping is Bobby Bourne, 34, who knows the Horton family and had worked with Adriaunna's father, James, on a construction project.

Based on witness accounts, investigators believe Adriaunna got into Bourne's Expedition at Hazel Park Monday evening -- a park she visited daily with her sisters and friends. Watson declined to comment on whether Bourne has been talking with investigators.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson says Golden City has about 700 residents, but the entire town was anxious to help in the search.

"This is a very small community and they want to help out each other," Watson said. "We've had some reports of people going out, walking through areas on their own, some at night.  We really discourage that because we don't want them to get hurt, and they might miss something in the dark."

James Horton, Adriaunna's father, said Bourne worked remodeling jobs for him until Bourne was put in jail "about a year ago."  He said "everything was square" between him and kidnapping suspect Bobby Bourne. Until...Bobby was in jail. While Bobby was in jail, James said he took care of Bobby's wife and her 4 children, and "gave her jobs, bought them groceries."

James Horton declined an interview on camera. Adriaunna's mother arrived in Golden City from Overland Park, but has been too distraught to talk to reporters. 
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