No Sign of Missing 13-Year-Old Boy

JANUARY 10, 2007 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

BEAUFORT, Mo. (AP) - Neighbors in a rural area of eastern Missouri are shocked by a nightmarish child abduction in their midst -- again.

The apparent kidnaping of 13-year-old Ben Ownby has brought all-too-familiar scenes back to this hilly countryside 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. Four months ago infant Abigale Woods was violently ripped from the arms of her mother in Lonedell, a small town in Franklin County.

The child is back home with her parents and a female suspect is in jail.

Authorities are focusing on a white truck seen near the spot where the boy disappeared in Beaufort, just 29 miles from Lonedell.

Ownby's father tells the A-P that neighbors saw a beat-up white pickup cruising the area earlier Monday. A schoolmate saw what may have been the same truck speeding away about the time Ben disappeared Monday afternoon.

Mary Poteat, a 54-year-old grandmother of five who lives near Ownby's house, said she thought ``all the sickos lived in the city. Not true.''

Two FBI profilers today will compile a portrait of the type of person likely to have abducted Ownby.

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