Missing Boys May Have Helped Captor

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Thursday, February 01 2007 Feb 1, 2007 Thursday, February 01, 2007 1:41:54 PM CST February 01, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Associated Press has been told that abducted teen Shawn Hornbeck helped his alleged captor hide another kidnapped boy, Ben Ownby. A source says Hornbeck kept guard over Ownby after his alleged kidnapper Michael Devlin repeatedly left the youngsters alone in his eastern Missouri apartment. An official close to the investigation said Shawn's cooperation with Devlin was the result of what Shawn went though during his first 30 days of captivity. The source requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The official said Shawn's isolation and abuse during that first month were so intense that the then 11 year old's identity was torn apart. The source said that over time, Shawn began to see Devlin as his protector and surrogate parent in a pattern common to many abuse victims. The source would not elaborate on what happened to Shawn during the 30 days, but said details of the abuse and captivity would emerge soon when they are used as evidence against Devlin. The 41 year old pizzeria manager is charged with kidnapping Shawn and Ownby in separate remote eastern Missouri towns four years apart.

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