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Shawn Hornbeck Says He Kept Hoping for a Rescue

Shawn Hornbeck

Shawn Hornbeck Says He Kept Hoping for a Rescue

Originally posted 01/19/2007 09:00AM

Shawn Hornbeck, the 15-year-old Missouri boy who was reunited with his parents last week after being missing for four years, told Oprah Winfrey on Thursday that he never stopped hoping to come home.

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Credit: HUY RICHARD MARCH/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH; J. B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
COVER STORY: The Kidnapped Missouri Boys

COVER STORY: The Kidnapped Missouri Boys

Originally posted 01/18/2007 02:15PM

When FBI agents set out in search of Ben Ownby, a 13-year-old Beaufort, Mo., boy kidnapped on Jan. 8, they were hoping to find him alive. They never expected to find not just Ownby, but Shawn Hornbeck, 15, who'd been missing since 2002.

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Credit: HUY RICHARD MACH/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Home At Last

Home At Last

Originally posted 01/17/2007 11:00AM

Down a long gravel road, in a one-story house by a Missouri highway, visitors learn what a miracle feels like – it feels like an albino ferret named Ghost. "She's kind of smelly," says young Ben Ownby – who just a week earlier had been abducted on that same gravel road and vanished for four hellish days – before plopping his squirmy pet on a guest's lap. "I saved up the money to get her: $140." As Ben, 13, rounds up one of his five cats, his father, Don, explains how all the holiday decorations still up in the house – the chaos of the past week didn't leave any time to take them down – will now come in handy. "Christmas," he says, "might go on a while longer."

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