Toddler Missing After Triple Homicide: Mother Kaylie Bailey Feared Dead; Where Is Her Baby?
Authorities are searching for the body of a missing toddler after a triple homicide that shook a small Kansas community.
Three bodies were found at a farm in Ottawa, Kansas, on Monday, but only yesterday were the victims identified. Kaylie Bailey, 21, the mother of the missing 18-month-old girl, had been reported missing on May 3, along with her daughter, Lana-Leigh Bailey.
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Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards confirmed that police are looking for the toddler's body, saying, "Information developed overnight indicating that Lana is presumed to be a victim of homicide. Finding Lana is a top priority for our investigators. We will exhaust every lead and follow up every tip until we bring her home."
At a press conference Thursday, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said, "It is with a great deal of sadness that we all come before you today and to say that we presume that Lana Bailey is dead. We have still not recovered the body," Hunting said. "That is why we are presuming that she is dead. We have information that leads us to believe that, but we still have not recovered the body."
On Thursday morning, Trevor Flack, 27, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. Flack had recently lived on the farm until Andrew Stout, 30, one of the victims, evicted him. Flack was convicted in 2005 of attempted second-degree murder, and was released on parole in April 2012.
Three of Stout's friends uncovered the bodies when they were unable to get in touch with Stout for several days. On and around the first body they found, which was covered under a tarp, were baby clothes and accessories.
Stout owned the property and had been dating Bailey, who was last seen on May 1, when she was headed to Stout's house to drop Lana-Leigh off with him. Police found Bailey's car 50 miles west of the farm.
The mother of Steven White, 31, the third victim, said that she feared the murder or her son and others were drug related, though she didn't elaborate.
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