Not one blessed event, but two in the same day. Authorities searching for 13-year-old Ben Ownby of Beaufort, who had been missing since Monday, have found the boy alive in a Kirkwood apartment. At the same location, police found Shawn Hornbeck, a Washington County boy who was last seen in October of 2002 near his home in Richwoods.
The case apparently started to break last night. Police who had gone to the apartment to serve a warrant noticed a white pickup truck that appeared similar to the one reportedly seen around the time the Franklin County boy disappeared. They returned to the apartment today and found not just Ben Ownby, but Shawn Hornbeck, inside. 41-year-old Michael Devlin has been charged in the case and is being held in lieu of $1-Million bond.