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Shawn Hornbeck, who was 11 when he vanished in rural Missouri, smiled as his mother and stepfather, Craig Akers, told a news conference of their joy to have him home......
Landlord Bill Romer said he met a boy - apparently Shawn Hornbeck - at the flat while visiting to fix a plumbing problem.
"As far as I knew, that was his son living with him. The kid's bedroom didn't even have curtains on the windows."
Another neighbour, Rick Butler, also assumed the pair were father and son, and recalled finding the teenager's mobile phone outside the flat one day.
"I didn't see or hear anything odd or unusual from the apartment," he said.