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Amber Alert Issues for 13-year-old boy William “Ben” Ownby in Missouri

Authorities in Missouri have issued an Amber Alert for 13 year old William Ownby. It is believed that William Ownby while walking home from school after getting off a school bus was pushed into a white compact pick-up truck.

Police said William got off the school bus Monday afternoon and was walking home when a witness saw him being pushed into a white compact pickup truck. Investigators said the pickup is possibly a Nissan or Chevrolet S-10 with a camper shell. The pickup had large rust spots. The pickup truck was last seen heading eastbound on U.S. Highway 50.

Beaufort, where William was last seen, is about 40 miles west of St. Louis. (The Pittsburgh Channel)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children poster (printable)


  • William “Ben” Ownby, 13 years of age
  • He was taken at Buth Lane and Wild Rose Lane in Beaufort at 3:30 P.M. yesterday
  • 4 feet 11 inches tall
  • white male
  • brown hair
  • blue eyes
  • He was last seen wearing glasses, a Rams hooded windbreaker and blue jeans.
  • The boy had a black backpack with him
  • We have no suspect information available at this time.
  • The vehicle may be a white compact truck with a camper shell possibly a Nissan or Chevrolet S-10. It was last seen headed east on U.S. Highway 50 from Beautfort.

Anyone with information please call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 636-583-2560 or dial 911

UPDATE: William Ownby, Teen Kidnapped in Missouri

It was a normal school day for 13-year-old William “Ben” Ownby. At around 3:30p.m he got off his school bus and started to walk home. However, that’s when police say he was pushed into a white compact pickup truck and he hasn’t been seen since.

The vehicle is described as a Nissan or Chevrolet compact pickup with a camper shell and large rust spots on it. The truck was last seen Eastbound on Highway 50 from Beaufort, Mo.

Ben was last seen wearing a St. Louis Rams windbreaker and blue jeans. He also wears glasses. (Americas Most Wanted)

Despite hundreds of leads police and FBI still search for missing 13 year old William Ownby.

BEAUFORT, Mo. — Authorities on Wednesday were pursuing more than 220 leads in their effort to find 13-year-old Ben Ownby, two days after the boy disappeared and was feared abducted after getting of a school bus near his rural eastern Missouri home. (Kansas City Channel)

As authorities search for a white pick up truck, William Ownby’s father Ben pleads for whoever kidnapped his some to just let him go and do the right thing.

“We’d like to get our son back,” Ownby said. He asked anyone who might be holding the boy to do the right thing.

“Drop him off somewhere where he can make a phone call,” Ownby said.

Police have checked William Ownby’s computer to see if it was possible that he may have met his abductor on the internet. The results came back negative as it appeared Ownby rarely went on-line. Authorities are in the process of creating a sketch of the abductor. They are also looking in to all sex offenders registered in the area

The main focus in on locating the white pick-up that seems to have very distinctive characteristics, even though the area probably has numerous white trucks.

Toelke asked that residents in the region keep an eye out for the white pickup. It had the word “Nissan” written in black letters on the back, but authorities weren’t certain it was a Nissan.

Toelke said the pickup had dents and rust and lacked hubcaps. The camper shell had one continuous window along the sides, with what appeared to be a ladder rack on top. (The Kansas City Channel)

January 9th, 2007 at 01:36pm Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Teen, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, William Ownby | one comment

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  1. BEN HAS BEEN FOUND! He was located in St. Louis Mo. in the home of a 41 yr old pedofile who also had another boy who has been missing since 2002

    may the scum pedofile have his family jewels removed!

    Comment by Sandee Dee Dee | January 12, 2007

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