Missouri Miracle: Two Kidnapped Boys Found Safe After 17 Years in Kirkwood Apartment

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A shocking discovery 17 years ago in a Kirkwood apartment has come to be known as the ‘Missouri Miracle.’ It involved two kidnapped boys, Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby, who were found after being missing for several years and days respectively.

The breakthrough in the case came when the FBI received a tip about a white pickup truck, leading them to Kirkwood Imo’s, where Michael Devlin worked as a manager. The boys were subsequently found in Devlin’s apartment.

Devlin was later convicted for their kidnapping and other crimes. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

The story of the ‘Missouri Miracle’ captivated not only the local community but also people around the world. It serves as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the dedication of law enforcement agencies in ensuring the safety of missing children.

The incident also highlights the importance of tips and leads provided by the public. In this case, the information about the white pickup truck proved crucial in locating and rescuing the two boys.

Since the ‘Missouri Miracle,’ efforts have been made to improve the coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies in cases of missing children. The incident prompted a renewed focus on enhancing resources for combating child abduction and ensuring swift action in such cases.

While the story ultimately had a positive outcome with the recovery of the kidnapped boys, it is a reminder of the risks and dangers faced by children in our society. It serves as a call to action for individuals and communities to remain vigilant and proactive in protecting our children from harm.

The ‘Missouri Miracle’ remains a significant event in the history of Kirkwood and continues to be commemorated as a symbol of hope and perseverance. The recovery of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby stands as a testament to the power of determination and the unwavering commitment to bringing missing children home safe.

The FBI’s successful investigation and the subsequent conviction of Michael Devlin serve as a reminder of the justice system’s efforts to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes. The case also highlights the critical role of law enforcement agencies in ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities.