ST. LOUIS – The teenager who helped authorities find his friend and another boy held captive got a surprise reward Wednesday.
DaimlerChrysler presented Mitchell Hults, 15, with a new Dodge Ram pickup at the St. Louis Auto Show.
Hults was with Ben Ownby just before his friend's abduction Jan. 8 and gave police the description of the white pickup that eventually led them to the Kirkwood apartment where Ben and Shawn Hornbeck were found, authorities have said.
Suspect Michael Devlin, 41, faces two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed criminal action. He is jailed in Franklin County.
Hults turns 16 next month.
Later Wednesday, Hults was honored again -- this time as a special guest of Gov. Matt Blunt during his State of the State speech.
Introduced by Blunt as "a Missouri hero," Hults received a standing ovation from hundreds of legislators and audience members at the state capitol in Jefferson City.