Shawn Hornbeck Foundation shutting down

2013-06-03T16:00:00Z 2013-06-03T18:59:17Z Shawn Hornbeck Foundation shutting downBy Joel Currier jcurrier@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8256 stltoday.com

The sometimes controversial Shawn Hornbeck Foundation has announced it is shutting down, saying on Facebook that it “did not have the required time and resources.”

Pam and Craig Akers, who run the nonprofit, could not be reached Monday.

Their son, Shawn Hornbeck, was abducted in 2002, when he was 11, near his home in Richwoods, Mo., and rescued with another child in January 2007 in Kirkwood. Michael Devlin is now serving a life sentence for multiple crimes relating to the boys’ abductions.

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The foundation’s stated mission was to help in searches for missing children and prevent child abduction.

It was criticized by the Better Business Bureau and accused of failing to disclose required federal financial documents. Donors had complained to the BBB that they didn’t know where their donations were going. The BBB’s investigation centered on how involved its board of directors had been in overseeing the foundation’s activities.

Shawn Hornbeck recently spoke about renewed hopes of finding the missing, after three women in Cleveland were rescued after being held captive for about 10 years.

The foundation’s closing announcement noted that the Missouri Valley Search and Rescue Team, which says it is seeking nonprofit status, has adopted the Hornbeck Foundation’s mission.

Joel Currier is a breaking news reporter for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter here: @joelcurrier

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