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August 22, 2013

Town's fears realized as search ends for missing 12-year-old

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GOLDEN CITY, Mo. —

Moments later police called off the search, and the volunteers returned to town.

Watson acknowledged that leads developed by investigators overnight had shifted the search to the fields west of Golden City. He declined to say if their information came from Bobby D. Bourne Jr., the suspect in the girl’s abduction.

Bourne was arrested about 7 p.m. Monday, when a sheriff's deputy stopped his vehicle in Golden City. 

Bourne, 34, of Lamar, is charged with kidnapping and held on $1 million bond. He could face other charges once the body is identified and an autopsy performed.

Watson declined to describe the state of the body or the spot where it was found. He said Wednesday the identification process could take 24 hours.

Bourne once lived in the Golden City area and worked with Adriaunna's father, James Horton, on home repair jobs. The girl’s mother, Wendi Jackson, of Overland Park, Kan., has been in Golden City since shortly after her daughter’s disappearance was reported.

The girl’s family had expressed optimism as late as Wednesday morning that Adriaunna would found alive. Her paternal grandfather told reporters she was a resourceful girl and a good runner.

Her family and their friends appeared shaken Wednesday afternoon as they attempted to come to grips with the discovery of the body.

Jeff Lehr reports for The Joplin Globe.

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