In January 2007, Pam and Craig Akers and Doris and Don Ownby came to The Oprah Winfrey Show to give their very first interview after being reunited with their sons Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby, who were abducted by the same man more than four years apart.
On October 6, 2002, while on his way to a friend's house, Shawn disappeared. At first, the family thought he was just running late, but after 45 minutes, Pam says she had a gut feeling that something terrible had happened. Immediately, Pam and her husband, Craig, jumped in the car and scoured their neighborhood for a sign of their son.
For four long years, Pam and Craig continued the search for Shawn. They even started a website in hope that someone may have information leading to his return. "We've always believed that there was absolutely hope that he was out there and that we would find him. That's what got us up every day," Craig said.
"I couldn't give up hope on him, and I knew the Lord knew where he was at, and if he wanted him brought back to me, that's the way it was going to happen," Pam said.