GOLDEN CITY, Mo. -- The father of a missing 12-year-old girl says searchers found her body on Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement officers said later, however, that it will take up to 24 hours to positively identify the body.
Adriaunna Horton of Golden City disappeared on Monday afternoon from Hazel's Park, where she was playing with friends near her home after the first day of the new school year. A man from Lamar is charged with kidnapping her by luring her into his vehicle to have her help him look for his daughter, whom Adriaunna knew.
James Horton told reporters about the discovery of Adriaunna's body about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. At a news conference at 4:30, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson said it would take up to 24 hours to positively identify the body. Watson said, however, the search for Adriaunna's body was suspended after the body was found.