Man wanted missing girlfriend to pay his bond


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 11:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 11:20 a.m.

The man who reported his girlfriend missing after being arrested Friday has recanted his story, reportedly telling officers he wanted her found so she could bail him out of jail.

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Brenda Suzanne Horn, 31.

Putnam and Clay County Sheriff's offices said Tuesday they continue to investigate the whereabouts of Brenda Suzanne Horn, 31, of Daytona Beach, whose boyfriend reported her missing after beating her and leaving her abandoned behind a trash bin at a convenience store.

"Even though Tilley has changed his story, we have not changed our desire to locate Ms. Horn and confirm that she is safe," said Putnam County Sheriff's Office Maj. Keith Riddick in a press release.

Clay County deputies reported arresting Kenneth Mike Tilley, 34, of Daytona Beach, Friday night after finding him passed out along State Road 17 in a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Volusia County.

Investigators said Tilley had been abusing methamphetamines before passing out.

On Saturday morning, Tilley allegedly told a Clay County corrections officer at the jail that after he and Horn store the vehicle, they got into an argument and he beat her so severely that he may have killed her.

Tilley's description of the store led officials to the Bostwick area.

Tilley was brought to Putnam County by the Clay Detectives, and pointed out Halls Superette and Deli as the store where it left Horn. A search of the dumpsters, and the area, failed to locate Horn, or any sign of a struggle.

Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Chad McNeill has since checked with Hornís mother, previous employers, and checked her last known addresses, with negative results.

Anyone with information on Horn's whereabouts is asked to contact either the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0800 or their local law enforcement agency.

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