Thursday, January 25, 2007

Detectives Probe Whether Boy Missing Since 1991 Has Ties to Devlin


Detectives investigating accused kidnapper Michael Devlin have shown photographs to relatives of a child missing since 1991 that look like they could be of the long-lost boy, the family members say. Charles "Arlin" Henderson was 11 when he disappeared in July 1991 while riding his bike on a rural road in Moscow Mills, about an hour's drive north of St. Louis.

Devlin, 41, is charged with kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby in similarly remote areas. Shawn, now 15, and Ben, 13, were found Jan. 12 at Devlin's suburban St. Louis apartment. Authorities are investigating whether he could be linked to Arlin's disappearance.

The Lincoln County sheriff's detectives who showed Henderson's relatives the photos this week said the pictures came from someone who claims to know Devlin and who said the boy pictured was an acquaintance of Devlin's from years ago, said James McWilliams, Arlin's uncle.

I don't know if there really is a connection, but the police definitely need to thoroughly investigate this cold case.

Even if the 1991 disappearance isn't connected to Devlin, Shawn Hornbeck's situation shows that many assumptions people make about kidnapped children are wrong. If someone like Devlin was the kidnapper there might be clues which were missed because of those assumptions.
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