(GOLDEN CITY, Mo.) — A Missouri man has been charged with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl who authorities and hundreds of volunteers are still actively searching for.
Bobby Bourne Jr., 34, of Lamar, Mo., was charged with kidnapping Tuesday in the disappearance of Adriaunna Horton, who was last seen Monday afternoon getting into a vehicle around 5 p.m. in Golden City, Mo.
Adriaunna’s father, James Horton, told ABC News affiliate KODE-TV that the suspect is known to his family.
“He worked for me last summer on a job, a construction job. He was a neighbor. He lived less than a block behind us for a year,” Horton said.
On Tuesday, searchers used horses, all-terrain vehicles, dogs and a patrol helicopter to scour the small town. The search is expected to continue on Wednesday.
Adriaunna is described as 4-feet-5-inches tall and 70 pounds. She has short brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.
“We are going to exhaust every lead that comes in,” said Troop D Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Adriaunna was wearing a pink T-shirt with hearts on it when she disappeared at Hazel Park about a half a block away from her home. She was at the park with her sister and friends celebrating the end of her first day of the new school year. That’s when witnesses reported seeing Adriaunna get into an SUV.
James said the driver of the SUV was asking children at the park for help.
“He was whining he couldn’t find his daughter. He had a missing child. He asked the girls in the park to help him,” James said. “My oldest daughter walked up to his vehicle — that’s when she was abducted.”
Police say they stopped a similar vehicle 90 minutes later and arrested Bourne, who was driving alone.
Bourne is being held in the Barton County jail on a $1 million bond. He has not yet entered a plea.
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