Horn Manhunt Over, Shot near Green Ridge
Area residents, on edge since a double murder in Clinton and a day long vigil in an eastside Sedalia neighborhood Thursday, can breathe easier today. The search for suspected murderer James Horn Junior is over. The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad and the Clinton Police say Horn was shot and killed late Saturday morning west of Green Ridge.
Clinton Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch says a search team found Horn hiding in an abandoned home near the Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area.
Search teams acting on a tip went to the home about eleven fifteen. They found Horn hiding in a closet. He was armed. He refused to surrender and threatened officers with a handgun. He was shot and killed.
The manhunt for Horn began weeks ago when a woman ran to a Sedalia neighbor saying Horn had held her captive in a wooden box for months, only letting her out when he was around.
The search got new steam Thursday when the woman, forty six year old Sandra Sutton, was found dead along with her seventeen year old son Zachary, in a family home in Clinton. Sedalia police found Sutton's car in the Bothwell Regional Health center parking lot, and video showed a male subject, believed to be Horn, walking from the car toward his former neighborhood.
Police surround the house and those nearby, suspecting Horn might be holed up inside. But, when SWAT teams entered the house and two neighboring ones, they found them empty.
Since that time, law enforcement said they believed Horn had stayed in the area, and searches concentrated on several locations around Sedalia, Warsaw and Windsor.
Once again, James Horn Junior, shot and killed Saturday in a rural area west of Green Ridge, north of Windsor. Authorities in Clinton confirmed the manhunt is over.