Murdered boy thought he was meeting a girl says sheriff

DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) – Authorities believe the sex offender who killed a 12-year-old DeSoto Parish boy posed as a girl over the Internet to get to him.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said early indications point to 34-year-old Brian Horn, who was registered as a sex offender in the parish, had numerous computer and cell phone communications with the victim, 12-year-old Justin Bloxom.

Those communications show Horn pretended to be a young girl. Arbuckle said Horn, posing as the girl, told Bloxom the two should meet, and that the girl would send a taxi cab to pick Bloxom up.

Arbuckle said it was not known how long Horn and Bloxom had been communicating.

The sheriff said Horn, who is at the moment facing a charge of 2nd degree murder, is not cooperating with authorities, although Horn's family is working with investigators.

As the investigation continues, Arbuckle said charges against Horn could be upgraded.

Investigators have requested search warrants for Horn's and Bloxom's phone records and computer information to look for more clues in the case.

Arbuckle also thanked all the numerous law agencies who helped first in the search for Bloxom after he was reported missing, then with the criminal case after his body was found.

Arbuckle also confirmed an earlier report that Bloxom died from asphyxiation. Arbuckle also said it did not appear that Bloxom was sexually assaulted.

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