Sandra Sutton, a Missouri woman, who stated that her ex-boyfriend imprisoned her in a wooden box for four months, was fatally shot along with her son this week.
Sandra Sutton, a Missouri woman, who stated that she was imprisoned in a wooden box for four months by her ex-boyfriend James Horn, was fatally shot along with her son this week. The suspect remains the same.
Mrs Sutton escaped from captivity in April and was recently murdered. The same ex-boyfriend, James Barton Horn Jr., has been suspected in the killings by the police. The 47-year-old man has been accused of kidnapping and several criminal actions with unlawful use of weapon.
Since Mrs Sutton escaped from his house in Sedalia, Missouri, where he kept her in a box for four months, Horn has remained on the run. Besides, the police stated that he is considered armed and very dangerous.
The police found 46-year-old Sutton and her 17-year-old son Zachary shot to death in a house of their relatives in Clinton on Thursday, where they both stayed after Sutton’s escape.
About 4:30 a.m. relatives, who had been working on the overnight shift that day, found Mrs Sutton killed in the bedroom, while her son’s body was on the stairs.
Police officials said that Sutton didn’t have police protection, while the man who kept her captive was on the run, because the local authorities hadn’t been aware that she lived in Clinton. Besides, she previously stated about feeling herself safe.
Horn knew that Sutton’s relatives lived in Clinton and about their night shifts as well. Almost every home linked to the suspect had been searched by the police, including the one which became the scene of Sutton’s captivity from January to April 30.
She escaped at 6 p. m. and run to the house next door, where neighbours helped her to call the police and notify them about four-month capture.
While staying in captivity, she was allowed to get out of the box only in the evenings, when Horn was at home.
Police stated that despite the lack of evidence, they believe that Horn is getting help from someone, so there is a second suspect in the case. A search for Horn extended throughout a whole nation.