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January 13, 2007

Mirabile dictu!

I had a pleasant shock from the front page of this morning's Post-Dispatch. It said that 13-year-old Ben Ownby had been found yesterday -- he was kidnapped last Monday near Beaufort, MO. And it also said that 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck had been found at the same apartment. Shawn was kidnapped in October, 2002, when he was 11 years old.

Shawn on the left (in 2002), Ben on the right in this SLP-D photo.

What really brought it home to me, though, was a large ad at our local supermarket that described Shawn and sought information about him: the "Have you seen me?" kind of ad. Someone had written "FOUND!" on a sheet of note paper and taped it over the ad.

I can't begin to imagine how their parents must be feeling right now. Another article in the P-D described local reactions:

In St. Charles, where Scott Allen Kleeschulte has been missing since 1988, a manager at the Dierberg's supermarket announced over the store's PA system that the boys had been found. Shoppers stopped in the aisles, clapped each other on the back, hooting and applauding.

People in the Union area [near Beaufort, where Ben lives - JdJ] rushed to the Wal-Mart to make sure friends and neighbors had heard, said store greeter Bob Galen, 71.

"The whole store erupted in cheers," Galen said.

Posted by joke du jour at January 13, 2007 12:54 PM

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yeah this is the same kid that his parents who went on the montel williams show to ask the famous psychic sylvia brown about their son... she said he was dead.
and sylvia brown charges 500.00 an hour I think

Posted by: carl at September 28, 2008 10:59 AM

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