Three years, three girls abducted, killed in Southwest Missouri

Missouri Girls

In the last three years, three separate girls from Southwest Missouri have been abducted and killed — all victims of different men. Their stories are below.

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The body of Khighla L. Parks, 15, was found floating in Truman Lake on Sunday, Sept. 30. The investigation into her death continues.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 — Fifteen-year-old Khighla Parks was last seen on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 walking near her home in Willard, Mo., located about 12 miles north of Springfield, Mo. Ten days later her body was found floating in Truman Lake in Warsaw, Mo.

Police arrested Anthony Balbirnie, 47, on Monday, Oct. 9, 2012, after a police chase through Springfield, Mo. He was later charged with Parks’ rape and murder.

Parks’ family and friends had posted flyers around the community, hoping she would be found safe. Police obtained DNA from Parks’ grandmother that helped identify her remains.

Adriaunna HortonMonday, Aug. 19, 2013 – Twelve-year-old Adriaunna Horton was abducted while playing at a park in Golden City, Mo., located about an hour west of Springfield, Mo.

“She was less than half a block from home,” said James Horton, Adriaunna’s father. “She was playing in a park that she plays in every day and then a man pulled up and coaxed her over to his vehicle saying he was missing his daughter. It was a neighbor that lived behind us for a while.”

Bobby D. Bourne was later arrested and charged with Horton’s rape and murder. Bourne first denied killing the girl, but later led investigators to a wooded area where her body was. She has been sexually assaulted and strangled.

On the day of Horton’s funeral, school was canceled and the small town of Golden City shut down to honor and remember the girl known to always show up with a smile.

Hailey OwensTuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 – Ten-year-old Hailey Owens was abducted while walking home from a friend’s house in Springfield, Mo.

Witnesses saw a man in a truck drive up next to her and ask her for directions. Owens reportedly ignored him at first, but a second attempt to get her attention drew her closer. That’s when witnesses say the man, suspected to be Craig Michael Wood, 45, grabbed her and threw her into his truck.

Less than 10 hours later, Springfield police located Owens’ body inside Wood’s home. Police credited witnesses with helping track down Wood through his license plate.

As of Feb. 19, 2014, Wood has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the death and abduction of Owens.

18 comments

  • Jerri

    I don’t understand. People you cannot let your children walk or play without an adult supervising. I know we all grew up with some freedoms our children don’t have and I understand you don’t want to raise your children with such fear, but it’s better than having to deal the blame you will put on yourself for the rest of your life. Please people!!!! your kids can’t walk or play alone. We have to live in fear for our children. It’s sad!

  • MsBunny

    Are you kidding? They located the suspect and had him in custody before midnight. I’ve heard everything from 8:30 to 11:30PM. That’s less than eight hours! I don’t understand the need to be so critical of the police. They aren’t mind readers, and I think they did a fantastic job. I just wonder what tripped this guy’s trigger all of a sudden. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were to discover that there are other victims–of abuse if not of murder–in his past. I hope they report more about his life in the coming weeks. Is he married? Does he have children? What did the school kids think of him? Etc.

  • Lesia

    I cannot believe all three of the girls were taken within a day of each other in different years. The poor girl yesterday was the day before but approximately the same time my cousin Adriaunna was taken.

  • Maureen

    People like this deserve the death penalty! The guy was around children on a daily basis makes me wonder if he had harmed other children as well….Sadly 3 girls lives were taken forever and their families lives were tore apart my heart goes out to all of these families

  • fedup67

    In my opinion, they should have taken this Craig Wood, to the nearest tree and hung the piece of trash on the spot!! Instead, it will take 25 years or more, before he gets it through the courts!

  • Wendi Jackson

    This is the mother of Adriaunna Horton!! If there is any way anyone knows the family I’m reaching out to you all! There are no words that anyone can say to make anything better right now, I know!!! My little girl was taken exactly 6 months ago yesterday and I’m so very sorry for your loss if you would like to ever talk or need someone to listen or jt understand I’m here please email me and I will give you my contact info! Just please know that I so understand and we will get to hold our little girls again! If there is anything I can do anything please don’t hesitate I don’t care ht time it is!! Please if anyone can get this to the parents of this precious baby girl it would help us both in our time of healing and thank you please they are not alone and they need to know from the bottom of my heart . Sencerly Wendi Jackson( mother of 12 yr old Adriaunna Horton)

  • Belinda Gulick

    Please everyone protect your children! Our society is not safe today.Its our duty to always be there for them.Don’t let them walk alone or be thinking it will never happen in your town.These inhumane perverts need to have their privates whacked off and let them bleed to death.They still will not feel the pain they have put these families through!

  • Mimi

    This Nan who killed a presus little Hailey for no reson! If he was my Son? I would say your not my Son my Son don’t kill little Grils! How Meny young Children out there that he could of killed? His Father souls give a big swat ! I got belts from my Father all the time my Mother let him do it too ! My older Sister she got the Belt Meny of times too.

  • makaylah

    Omg why would anyone do this I think its because the girls were prettier then them and the men just killed them but please don’t forget about missing Madeleine McCann who went missing in at age 3 in 2007 and hasn’t been seen since

  • Scarborough Fair

    A neighbor was following the suspect while he was on the phone with the police they had the plate number which registered back to the perps father’s home which is only 15 minutes from Springfield.

    I dont understand why pleasant Hope officers were not contacted to converge on the fathers home while Springfield officers found their way to the perps house.

    I don’t know if this is true or not but I heard the police sit out in front of the mans house waiting for a warrant to be signed.

    The police were at the perps house when he pulled up and he had a roll of duct tape..

    So this freak had time to kill the little girl clean up his mess and go the store for duct tape?

    Surreal

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