Woman who said she was held captive for months found dead

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CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who authorities said had been held captive in a wooden box for months before being freed about three weeks ago has been found dead, along with her 17-year-old son.

Clinton police say 46-year-old Sandra Kay Sutton and her son, Zachary Wade Sutton, were found dead early Thursday of what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Lt. Sonny Lynch says Sedalia authorities are searching for Sutton's former boyfriend, 47-year-old James Barton Horn Jr. Horn was charged earlier this month with kidnapping, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly keeping Sandra Sutton in a box for four months. Lynch called Horn "absolutely" a suspect in the deaths.

He says Sandra Sutton had moved away from Sedalia, where she had lived with Horn, to live with relatives.

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1 Comment

  • SmartA100

    After kidnapping her, he managed to now possibly kill her..and her son….who in the heck let boyfriend out on his kidnapping charges……

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