A Missouri woman who claimed to authorities that she had been held captive in a wooden box for months before being freed about three weeks ago was found shot to death, along with her 17-year-old son.
Clinton police say 46-year-old Sandra Kay Sutton and her son, Zachary Wade Sutton, were found dead early Thursday morning.
Lt. Sonny Lynch says Sedalia authorities are searching for Sutton’s former boyfriend, 47-year-old James Barton Horn Jr. Horn was charged earlier this month with kidnapping, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after allegedly keeping Sandra Sutton in a wooden box for four months before her death, the Washington Post reported. Lynch said Horn is “absolutely” a suspect in the double homicide.
Horn added Sandra Sutton had moved away from Sedalia, where she had lived with Horn, to live with relatives.
Police were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of East Franklin Street Thursday just after 4:20 a.m. after the residents of the home called police to report they had discovered the bodies of Sandra and Zachary. According to police, Sandra and Zachary were staying at the home of Sandra’s brother with family. Family members called police to report the murders after they arrived home from work.
Horn is described as a 47-year-old male, 5’11” in height, 175 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Police said Horn should be considered armed and dangerous.
Clinton County police have called in the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad to assist in the double homicide. Missouri Highway Patrol are also working with Clinton County and Henry County police.