Breaking news: Kidnapped boys found!

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Media

Five days ago, William Ownby disappeared from his school bus stop. A friend said he saw a white pickup truck with a camper shell speeding away from where Ownby had last been seen. A search was mounted but to no avail. The break came when police in a town 60 miles away spotted a truck matching the description. They searched the truck owner's home and found not only William Ownby, but Shawn Hornbeck as well.

Shawn Hornbeck went missing four years ago when he was eleven years old. His parents have kept looking for him and even started an organization to help bring other missing children home. Now, he's been found, alive and apparently well. The owner of the home, 41-year-old Michael Devlin, has been arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping. More charges are likely to follow.

As I read this story, I couldn't help but wonder what it must be like for Hornbeck's parents now. After so many years of doing everything they could, and doing their best not to give up hope, to have him found alive must be overwhelming beyond comprehension. I am so very happy for all the parents and both boys, even as I feel equal hatred and disgust at the man responsible.

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