KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) — The sudden discovery of three women held captive for years in a Cleveland home is renewing hope that some prominent Missouri missing persons cases may one day be solved.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke told KMOX when he heard the news out of Cleveland, he immediately thought of January 2007. Toelke was the one to share the news with the world that kidnapped boys Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby had been found alive four years after they disappeared. READ: ‘Missouri Miracle’ Was 5 Years Ago
“Since the Hornbeck cases I’ve taken a different perspective, you always hope that it’s possible that somebody may survive, but after Shawn you know it is possible.”
Toelke adds, “Any information that comes in, because information does come in years later in these cases you have to take it seriously and check it out. You just never know.”
Among the Missouri missing cases involving children — Arlin Henderson in Moscow Mills, Bianca Piper in Foley, Gina Brooks in Frederickstown, Heath Kullorn in Richmond Heights, and Lisa Irwin in Kansas City.