Sedalia police locate kidnapped woman held in wooden box

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, May 01 2015 May 1, 2015 Friday, May 01, 2015 10:32:00 AM CDT May 01, 2015 in News
By: Colleen Menadier, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

SEDALIA - Sedalia Police were searching for a man Friday who they said held his girlfriend captive in a wooden box since January. 

Police said the suspect, James B. Horn Jr., 47, fled the residence prior to officers' arrival.

The police department said it received a call Thursday night from a woman who claimed she escaped from her residence where she was being held captive by her boyfriend for the past four months. The victim would be placed in the wooden box when Horn Jr. would leave the residence. Police confirm she was given supplies and food while in captivity.

The victim claimed she was held captive in a wooden box. Officers found a large wooden box in the residence consistent to what the victim described. The department said the box does appear to be constructed for the purpose of concealing a person.

The Pettis County Sheriff confirmed the pickup truck belonging to Horn Jr. was found south of Sedalia on Smasal road, six miles off US 65. Deputies searched the area for approximately two hours and did not find the suspect.

According to Sedalia Police Detective Sergeant Joshua Howell, the victim and the suspect had a consensual relationship starting in July 2014. The victim and the suspect lived in the residence together.

The victim is doing well under the circumstances and has no substantial injuries.

Neighbor Rick Thomas said, "I live just down the street and this is the wildest thing that's ever happened in this neighborhood."

(Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest information)

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