Charges filed against man suspected of keeping woman captive

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(SEDALIA, Mo., AP) — A man who authorities allege kept a woman captive in a wooden box in a home in Sedalia has been charged.

Pettis County authorities charged 47-year-old James Horn Jr. Monday with kidnapping, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Horn remains at large since fleeing Sedalia on Thursday.
Police Chief John DeGonia and Detective Josh Howell said the woman told police that she had been held captive in a home she shared with Horn in Sedalia since January, and that he often kept her in a wooden box.
The Sedalia Democrat reports ( that court records indicate the woman was allowed to go outdoors occasionally but was too afraid of Horn to try and flee. She ran for help to a neighbor’s home on Thursday.
Information from: The Sedalia Democrat,