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2007/01/15 22:14 EDT
Missing Children-The Shawn Hornbeck story
The recent news of Shawn Hornbeck being found 4 1/2 years after being abducted has taken a bizarre twist today. Amid reports that he had many many chances to contact adults (and even police), news reports surfaced that he may have seen his parents' website set up to search for him and he may have actually posted in their guestbook. In one post "Shawn Devlin" (Devlin is the name of his kidnapper) he asks how long they're going to look for their son. In the next he apologizes and asks if he can write a poem about their son. In this one, his spelling is atrocious (somewhat consistent of somebody who stopping going to school at the age of 9). Below are the actual posts from their website.

jean - Friday, December 2, 2005 - 1:41 PM
i used to know shawn. my friends and him used to be close. i feel like i should be there hepling to look for him. if theres anything you need, i check the site everyday. i hope that some one can help your family. i ahve shared your story with everyone i know. menasha sends its love.

shawn - Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 2:56 PM - devlin
hey sorry about that last thing i put on there,i write poems and i was wounding if it would be ok to write a poem for the hornbeck fam. and they son "shawn Hornbeck" it would be cool if i could but if you dont want me to i can understan why i guess but i was wounding if i could write a poem in his horner (sorry i dont know how to spell that last word)

shawn devlin - Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 1:59 AM - kirkwood
how long are you planing to look for your son?

All this is rather chilling. Why didn't he speak up? This case seems to be different than many of those other cases where children are isolated and are told that their parents died or don't want them anymore. It will probably make a good TV movie someday. Too bad it's not fiction, though.

Here's one other post from the guestbook. Sad.

patrick reeves - Friday, May 27, 2005 - 1:43 PM - richwoods
shawn it has been to long. every night i sit in my bed and think about what happened to you or who has you. I wish you were back here. shawn remember when we said that we were going to live together, and get kool cars, and get hot girlfriends, and even get married at the same time to or girlfriends. you better come home because im looking forward to that still.
luv your best friend patrick reeves

Well at least all of this seems to have some sort of happy ending.

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