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Van Praagh Ben Ownby

Hi Brian,
Wow....you were right again. Ben was found alive today. And amazingly, another boy (Shawn Hornbeck) that has been missing for over 4 years was found with him. Wow, I just read your RV about Shawn and you were accurate on that too. Thanks for your hard work.
Hi, great news and Thank You for caring about Shawn :)
Hi, thanks and glad he was found safe, you would not believe how many emails I have to answer today...might take me a month :)
Shawn Hornbeck has been found alive along with an 11 year old that had been missing since Monday 1/8/07. He was found in Kirkwood, MO in St.Louis County in an apartment building! The man who had him for 4 1/2 years is now 41 years old (should of been about 37 when he abducted Shawn.) He works at Imos Pizza as a manager. He is a sex offender from Utah but hadn't registered as one in Missouri.
News reports are still coming in but I just had to let you know! Both of these kids appear to be fine physically anyway. You were so on this case as usual, you're fantastic! Thank-you so very much for all you do everyday. You're one very special & gifted person!
Kay~in MO
Thanks, and wonderful news...will post it.
I believe the person you have for this case was found. it was breaking news on the Internet. I love looking at you site and am a firm believer of you, although i can not afford to become a member i will continue to look at your web site. Can you please try another rv on Kendrick Jackson. I am from Houston and his father was just sentenced to jail for another case.
thank you.
Hi, sure, will get this done as soon as I can...and you do not need to be a member to access most of my site.
Dear Sir,
Shawn was found today in an apartment complex in Kirkwood, MO. I beleive this is St.Louis county. Your dream was very close. You should be able to find exact details online. I just thought you would like to know.
Angela Brown
Hi, thanks, have not checked the news yet, trying to respond to all the emails concerning this case.
Shawn Hornbeck has been found alive and well in Kirkwood, MO. Just wanted to share this wonderful news with you if you have not already heard.
Hi, thanks, and yes....wonderful news !
Aloha Brian, Just thought that you should know that Shawn has been found
You were right!!
*The kidnapper was 37 when he took him, and now he is 41.
*Found in an apartment
*Found in St. Louis
*The kidnapper doesn't work at a McDonald's BUT he does work at a pizzaria.
WOW!!! Is really all I can say!
Thanks Anna...great news.
CASE # 140. Brian, looks like you were right about Shawn. He was found
after 4 years. Amazing! To make it even more amazing he was found with
William (Ben) Ownby CASE # 272. Two cases solved at once, how awesome is
Here is a link to the story.
Two missing Missouri boys found; man charged
Boy Scout was missing since Monday; other boy vanished in 2002
Updated: 2 hours, 42 minutes ago
BEAUFORT, Mo. - Police searching a suburban St. Louis home for a boy missing since Monday found him and made an even more startling discovery — a 15-year-old boy missing for more than four years, authorities said Friday.
The stunning development came when both 13-year-old Ben Ownby and 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck were found at an apartment in Kirkwood, miles from the rural locations where the boys disappeared 4 1/2 years apart.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke called the discovery “good, unbelievable news” at a news conference on Friday.
Ben vanished from the gravel road near his home in Beaufort, Mo., 60 miles southwest of St. Louis, Monday afternoon. Shawn was last seen in October 2002 riding his bike near his home in Richwoods, Mo., about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The boys were found in an apartment occupied by Michael Devlin, 41, who has been charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, Toelke said. Devlin is jailed on $1 million bond at a location the sheriff would not disclose.
Toelke said both boys appeared unharmed. Ben appeared somewhat dazed as he walked inside the sheriff's department, where he was reunited with his family Friday night. Hornbeck and his family also have been reunited.
Truck was key to case
Toelke said the break in the case came Thursday night. Kirkwood city police officers were serving a warrant on an apartment complex when they noticed a white truck matching the description of a vehicle authorities had been searching for in the Ownby investigation.
Kirkwood officers contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and determined where the owner of the truck was and then searched Devlin's home.
Toelke said authorities were surprised to find another boy who identified himself as Shawn Hornbeck.
Ben's uncle, Loyd Bailie, told The Associated Press he was escorted to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department with Ben's parents. He said Ben was delighted when he saw his parents.
"His eyes lit up like silver dollars," Bailie said.
Everyone broke into tears and Ben's parents embraced him as tightly as they could, Bailie said.
Ben seemed in perfect health, but was hungry. Sheriff's deputies brought in sandwiches and a honey bun and Ben instantly devoured the sweet, Bailie said.
Toelke confirmed that Shawn and his family were reunited but disclosed no details.
In Kirkwood Friday night, a half-dozen law enforcement officials congregated outside the modest brick apartment where Devlin lived. Temporary lights and trailers were set up in the apartment complex courtyard as a cold, driving rain fell.
Another neighbor, Rick Butler, 43, said the FBI came to his door Thursday night and showed a picture of Ben, asking if he had seen him. He said he had not. But he had seen a boy he now believes was Hornbeck.
Tent seen in suspect’s courtyard
He said he saw no evidence that the boy now believed to be Hornbeck was scared or trying to get away. He had seen Devlin and the teen pitch a tent in the courtyard.
"I didn't see or hear anything odd or unusual from the apartment," Butler said. "I just figured them for father and son."
Ben, a straight-A student and Boy Scout, was last seen after he stepped off his school bus and ran toward his home down a gravel road on Monday. A friend who left the bus with the boy told authorities that after the two parted, he saw a small white pickup with a camper shell speeding away from where Ben had been walking
I wanted to inform you that Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby were found alive today and they were together!
A man with the last name of Devlin has been charged with taking Ben. He has been a manager for 15 years at an Imos pizza. His mugshot has him wearing a red shirt. He looks to be a shorter fella. He lived in an apartment and that is where the boys were found. He is 41 years old, has diabeties, and graduated from webster groves high school.
I just thought you might wanna know that your predictions seem correct.
Also, there was a young girl a few years ago named Heather Kullorn and I think she was about 11-13 at the time she disappeared from babysitting some children. I didn't know if you might have a feeling of what has happened to her. She's just one of the few missing children I remember that disappeared.
Jessica Buechting
Hi, thanks for letting me know...do you want me to do a RV on Heather?
Sure. If you want to. I was just curious if you had heard of her but im curious what could had happened to heather.
Ok, have added it to my RV pending list, will get it done just as fast as I can.
Brian, wonderful job on this one and so many others!!
Have been watching the news about this case and so far no one has mentioned your remote viewings. I personally emailed the site www.shawnhornbeck.com several times in October and December last year, and I know many others did too. I'm certain that Shawn's parents read your RV in October, and just wonder why they have not said anything yet. I believe that they just did not believe you back then, and now seeing that you were right, means they could have found Shawn 4 months ago. If I were you, I would be outraged!!
Hi Sean, I'm not angry, but yes, I would like them to admit that at least they heard about my RV in October...but it much more important that there son was found safe...more more. I do realize that many people take advantage of what I post, but it does not bother me....in the end...the truth will come out.
If anyone want to ask Shawns's family about this RV or the News Media, please click here.
Brian, just heard on the news that they went to McDonalds right after he was found!!!
Thanks, and will post this.
Brian, here is some information on the psychics you have been requesting remote viewing advise from. I think you should be teaching them!!
Do You Believe In Miracles? How About a Double Miracle?
13 year-old Ben Ownby, missing since this Monday, has been found Alive!
It's a miracle...but just one of two miracles to happen on this dreary, rainy late afternoon in St. Louis.
Along with Ben, Shawn Hornbeck, missing since October of 2002 was found in the same apartment alive and well.
Now do you believe in miracles?
Ben Ownby was seen walking home from his bus stop when a white Nissan truck drove up next to him and abducted him a mere 500 feet from his home. The abduction activated the Amber Alert system, and hundreds of people searched and scoured all of Franklin County looking for him.
Federal agents descended on the town of Union, Missouri in an effort to find Ben as quickly as possible. Vigils were held at Union Middle School, where Ben was known to be a model student, and his friends and fellow students prayed for his safe return.
Two Kirkwood police officers went to an apartment complex in Kirkwood, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb) Thursday evening to serve a warrant and neighbor Geoff Hadler, who had noticed a white Nissan pick-up truck in the apartment complex, pointed out the vehicle to the cops. Police followed up late this afternoon, where authorities found Ben Ownby inside of the apartment of Michael J. Devlin - a man with only traffic violations on his record.
Inside, police found a 15 year-old boy who identified himself as Shawn Hornbeck of Richwoods, Missouri of Washington County....missing since October of 2002. Shawn was only 11 years old at the time, and was last seen riding his bike towards a friend's house. He never made it there.
Shawn's abduction made national news when his story was featured on America's Most Wanted. His family also taped episodes on the Montell William's Show when Syliva Browne was on, and they also were on a segment for the TV show "Beyond" with another well-known psychic, James Van Praagh. Both "acclaimed" psychics said Shawn was dead. No doubt about it.
Yeah right, you b-yotches. ** k you both. Goddamn charlatans.
In the first "Beyond" show, Van Praagh, whm also claims he talks to the dead, said he was getting the impression Shawn was in a rural area along I-55 where there are three silos. When the Akers Family returned, authorities searched along I-55 in Missouri and Illinois, but didn't find a thing.
Van Praagh then came to Missouri to film the second segment for his show. This time, he said he believed Shawn's body was in a railroad freight car or near some sort of railroad car facility. Then Van Praagh said he believed a guy that worked at this railcar facility was involved in Shawn's disappearance. (By the way, Michael Devlin worked at Imo's Pizza).
Authorities took that information and matched it to a railroad yard at De Soto, Missouri - only about 10 miles from Richwoods - where the old Missouri Pacific Railroad shops were located.
They found nothing.
Craig Akers, Shawn's father said, "We have put in many miles and hours since then with nothing to back up any of the information provided."
On the Montell Williams show, hoarse-voiced Sylvia Browne said that Shawn was "not with us" anymore and said his body was 20 miles Southwest of Richwoods, Missouri. Her visions indicated that Shawn was abuducted by a "dark-skinned man, he wasn't black, more like Hispanic." Sylvia Browne said the abductor had long, black hair that he wore in dreadlocks and was "really tall."
That's the only hit Sylvia Browne had - that he was tall. Michael Devlin is very very white with short brown hair (pictured right).
Despite all of these famous and very wealthy psychics using their mighty powers to do nothing but put the family through wild goose chases and also lead them to believe that their son was dead, it took good police work to bring Shawn home.
It's been 5 Christmases the Akers Family has had to endure without their beloved Shawn. They even started the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, promoting children safety. They helped get hundreds of kids getting digitally fingerprinted and photographed and held various benefits. Craig Akers quit his job as a software developer in order to work for the foundation. They depleted their entire life savings, and he and his wife had to return to work to pay the bills. All of this week, they of course lent the Ownby Family their support during their son's ordeal.
I can't even begin to imagine the joy and elation Pam and Craig Akers are feeling now...their 11 year-old boy is now 15, and I'm sure time has stood still for them during this whole ordeal. But now it's over.
Now, Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck are safe.
Believe in miracles, my friends.
Send a message to Sylvia, click here
Thanks, and will post this...although I really do not want to discredit anyone....and I also had to edit out some language I do not allow.
Do you know how Mrs. Brown was able to predict this? I would really like to know, and have asked her several times with no response.
Also, I see the police investigated what these psychics said, yet I know for a fact that this RV was sent to the police and FBI, most likely hundreds of time...yet no one contacted me, and I did this RV the very next day after I received an email from Kay that Shawn was reported missing....oh well...all that really matters is that Shawn was found, but I can't help to wonder if Shawn would have been found sooner if they took my RV seriously.
Hi Brian,
I am Craig Akers, Shawn Hornbeck's father. Thanks for your interest in our son's disappearance and the time you have devoted to your remote viewing. I have a couple of questions about the drawings you posted from this viewing:
In the first drawing, can your offer any more information/explanation of the significance of the 'Arson Island 2.1 mile'? You also wrote they will be stopped by the police, boy in back seat. Is that something that has already happened, or yet to happen? Any idea when or where? Any ideas about the significance of the '27' in the drawing?
Sorry to bother you with this, you probably don't have a clue about their significance either, but I'm trying to make even a little sense out of this and figure out a way to follow up on your information. Any additional help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help,
Craig Akers
Hi Craig, and sorry for the delay. From what I have seen in the news, your son has been located, and I can't tell you how happy I am.
After seeing all the news reports on this issue, I do not think I can make another translation on this RV, but would appreciate any information you might have on this.
No rush on this, and again, congratulations on the finding of your son.
Note: Shawn and Ben were located the very next day!!
I just wanted to let you know that myself and many others are certain that you are the reason Shawn and Ben were found on Friday. Authorities have not said anything yet because you still have not been cleared of having nothing to do with the case. I know it sounds crazy, but many people do not believe it's possible to know all this without having something to do with the crime.
Have also been reviewing many of your other cases and found something you may have not noticed. Many missing persons cases were not solved until you actually spoke with the immediate family of the missing person. For example, the Shawn Hornbeck case, your remote viewings were online since October 06, yet nothing happened until last Thursday when you spoke with Shawn's father. Then, just 24 hours later, Shawn was located!! This child was missing for more than 4 years, then the very next day after you spoke with Craig, he was located !!!
And something else, your sketches are more correct than you and others might think, and soon the world will know, have you decided who you will grant your first media interview with?
Bless you for all you do, and stay safe.
Hi Kelly, thanks for the email, and please keep me updated on this case. I do not need any credit for this, but would love help on the dozens of missing person cases still open. If I were to do an interview, it would be with either Larry King, or Anderson Cooper.
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I read over your website (after the fact) of course, mainly because on the night before the arrest my girlfriend claimed to see black smoke on the door of Michael Devlin. I did, however, alert her to the fact i had told police about the white nissan... but we did not know that the boys were found until the next day...
only thing i really wanted to say was that I WORKED AT McDONALDS in kirkwood until just recently - and your black power box reminds me in part of a router, possibly wireless... and unsecured... and used by neighbors as well... in our apartment "complex"
- thanks,
g. hadler
kirkwood, mo
Hi, thanks for this information and will add it to the case file.
Brian, first I just wanted to tell you that we are amazed with your skills, and do believe you that Craig (Shawn's father) the day before he was found. Before we do a story on this, we have to confirm that the email did originate from sarteam. Can you please send us a copy of the email and the emails header information in a screen shot, other then a scanned copy of the email.
HI David, sure, see below..
Brian, there is a Arsenal Island in Saint Louis!!
Hi, yes, thanks posted.
The recovery of Ben and Shawn has led me to your websight. I am amazed by your insight and am so happy they were both found alive. It's unfortunate law enforcement did not listen to you before now.
I see you have memberships that can be purchased. I have a concern about a man I know that may be a pedophile, and would like to have you do an RV on him. Do I have to be a member?
Thank You,
Hi, no membership is not required and I do RV's for free.
Hi Brian,
Sorry, but I couldn't find a way to reply on Shawn's page, so I clicked into another link, and was led to your email.
In the comments and your description, I noticed no one has mentioned the number 4, prominently displayed above the apartment complex in your Oct 7th drawings -- nor had you. Did you know that the apartments are in the 400 block of Holmes, and Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby were found in Apt D -- of course, D is the 4th letter of the alphabet! I thought it was worth mentioning.
I am truly amazed at how many points you hit. Ohhhh, something else! Regarding McDonalds -- could be your image of McDonalds was of the 'golden arches' and not McDonalds, per se? As has been noted above, Devlin was a manager at Imo's pizza. What you may not know, is that Imo's displays the St Louis Gateway Arch in their logo! Hmmmmm

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