Shawn Hornbeck says he survived captivity through family's love - KMOV.com

Shawn Hornbeck says he survived captivity through family's love

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri boy says he survived being held against his will for 4 1/2 years because he knew his family would keep looking for him.

Shawn Hornbeck says in an interview Wednesday on NBC's Today Show that he remembered his strong connection to his family throughout the years he was held captive by Michael Devlin after being abducted when he was 11. He was rescued, along with another boy, on Jan. 13, 2007.

His father, Craig Akers, say therapists helped Hornbeck find ways to ensure the traumatic event would not define his life.

Hornbeck, who is now 18, graduated a semester ahead of his high school class and attends college. He says he worked especially hard the first summer after his release from captivity, and got individual help at a school that specializes in learning disabilities.

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