Don and Doris Ownby

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Four and a half years after Shawn vanished, 13-year-old Ben Ownby was abducted after getting off his school bus. Ben was a straight-A student and Boy Scout who always let his parents know where he was. So when Ben was late coming home from school on January 8, 2007, his parents knew immediately that something was terribly wrong.

Doris and Don began frantically searching for their son and called to see if friends and neighbors had seen him. An eyewitness tip led police to the apartment of 41-year-old Michael Devlin. When authorities searched Devlin's apartment, they rescued Ben—and in a shocking twist, discovered 15-year-old Shawn.

Ben and Shawn's captor is currently serving 74 life sentences for sexual assault, kidnapping and attempted murder.
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FROM: Elizabeth Smart, John Ramsey: The Stories That Captured the Nation
Published on September 10, 2008

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