Kidnapping Tipster Honored

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mitchell Hults has a brand new truck.

The Missouri teen was presented with a Dodge Ram pickup at the St. Louis Auto Show. It's his gift for helping police find two boys that had been kidnapped and held captive.

Hults gave police a description of a white pickup truck just after Ben Ownby's abduction earlier this month. That tip led police to find Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck, who'd been missing for four years.

The man suspected of kidnapping them, Michael Devlin, is now in jail facing kidnapping charges.

The 15-year-old Hults was also honored by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, who brought the teenager along as a special guest to his State of the State speech. Hults was received with a standing ovation as Blunt introduced him as "a Missouri hero."

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