A probable cause statement says a man accused of killing a 12-year-old southwest Missouri girl led authorities to her body, but he claimed she died from a fall.
The autopsy indicates the girl was strangled. Barton County prosecutor Steven Kaderly released the probable cause statement Sunday, a day before Bourne is to be arraigned.
The probable cause statement says Adriaunna Horton was playing in a park with her two sisters when she got into Bourne's car. Her sisters told family members she had left with Bourne.
Less than two hours later, Bourne was pulled over for a traffic stop and told a Highway Patrol trooper he had no idea where Horton was. He later admitted to picking her up from the park and questioning her as to the location of her father.
Investigators say in the probable cause statement that Bourne claims Horton ran away from him, fell down and died as a result of falling. It says Bourne led investigators to a wooded area southeast of Golden City, where the girl's body was found.
The statement also says there is evidence the girl was sexually assaulted.