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Testimony in quadruple homicide case: Baby's body was found in suitcase in Osage County creek

By The Herald Staff | 3/11/2014

The 18-month-old victim in a quadruple homicide case was found in a suitcase in a creek in Osage County, according to testimony heard Tuesday afternoon in Franklin County District Court.

The body of Lana Bailey was discovered about dusk May 11, 2013, hidden in a suitcase found in Tequa Creek in Osage County, according to newly revealed details that became public during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing of Kyle T. Flack, 28, Ottawa. Flack faces charges of capital murder, first-degree murder, attempted rape and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with the deaths of Lana Bailey, her mother, Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31.

The bodies of Kaylie Bailey, Stout and White were discovered May 6 and May 7 at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa. Lana Bailey’s body remained missing, as law enforcement agents and other search parties combed the area for the baby.

Blake Reker, Osage County Sheriff’s deputy, was patrolling county roads that connected with neighboring Franklin County as it approached dusk May 11, paying special attention to culverts, ditches and bridges — likely places where a small body could be hidden, according to Herald archives.

The newly minted deputy spotted some items that caused him to pause and investigate further — leading to the discovery of a body thought to be that of Lana Bailey, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards announced during a 1 a.m. press conference May 12 in front of his office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Testimony Tuesday afternoon indicated investigators had conducted a rape kit on both Lana Bailey and Kaylie Bailey, but did not detail the results of the tests during the preliminary hearing.

The deaths of both are listed under the one count of capital murder on an amended complaint released last month by the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Flack could face the death penalty in the capital murder charge. Prosecutors have yet to indicate if they will seek the death penalty in the case.

“We have not made the final decision yet on the death penalty,” Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said previously. “If [Flack] is bound over [for trial after this week’s preliminary hearing], we will probably make that determination between the preliminary hearing and the arraignment.”

Prosecutors in February amended a rape charge involving Kaylie Bailey to attempted rape. In the amended document prosecutors allege Flack bound and gagged Bailey, and removed her shorts and underwear with the intent of engaging in sexual intercourse against Bailey’s will but “failed in the perpetration thereof or was prevented or intercepted in executing said crime,” according to the court document.

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