Jaycee Lee Dugard Homecoming: Parent's of Shawn Hornbeck React
LarryDeezell | August 27, 2009 at 03:58 pmby
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Pam Akers said "I was just as surprised as the rest of the world, it had to be hell for them. I only had to go through four and a half years. I don't know how it would have been to go 18 years."
Akers runs the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, which aims to prevent child abduction and help families of missing children. She said Dugard's appearance after so long a time proved that even if the chances are small, parents of missing children should remain hopeful.
"This just goes to show you can't give up hope," Akers said. "She proved to everybody that miracles happen. They don't all come home alive, but some do."
Hornbeck and another boy, Ben Ownby, were found in the apartment of Michael Devlin, who is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to multiple criminal counts related to the kidnappings of the boys.
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