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Reports: Two men sought in Ottawa killings

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer | 5/7/2013

Authorities apparently were searching Tuesday afternoon for two men identified as Kyle T. Flack and Cyle Matthew Bailey as persons of interest in a triple homicide case in Franklin County, according to Franklin County Dispatch scanner traffic and media reports. They were considered armed and dangerous and possibly driving a black 2007 Toyota Corolla. One of the men, Flack, previously was convicted in a 2005 Ottawa shooting.

Flack and Bailey reportedly are wanted for questioning in connection with what Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards described as a triple homicide at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would not officially confirm reports Tuesday afternoon about Flack and Bailey being sought by law enforcement.

Flack was convicted in 2005 of intentional attempted murder in the second degree, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was paroled in 2009 after serving less than four years for the May 2005 Ottawa shooting of Steven Dale Free, then-47. Free was found in the yard near a mobile home at Third and Cherry streets after being shot multiple times with a small caliber gun, according to Herald archives. Free survived the incident, but died in December 2011.

A 2005 report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said two guns related to the Free shooting case were found in a search near K-68 and Idaho Road — an area about a mile from the farm at 3197 Georgia Road.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Georgia Road scene at 12:15 p.m. Monday to investigate a report that a body had been found in the detached garage at the residence.

Since then, law enforcement officials have said two more adult bodies had been located on the property, where Flack reportedly once lived with Steve White and Andrew Stout. Both Stout and White have been reported missing since late April.

“We have recovered three adult bodies, two males and one female,” Richards said during a press conference late Tuesday morning outside the sheriff’s office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa.

The bodies have not been identified, Richards said.

“We are working to identify the victims, and until we have completed that process and notified their next of kin, we will not be releasing any names,” Richards said.

The crime scene was still being processed late Tuesday morning, Richards said.

“We have three homicides on one very large scene,” Richards said. “It’s a country acreage, it’s very large — not just a city lot.”

While he called the three unidentified bodies homicide victims, Richards declined to say where the bodies were discovered on the property and how the victims had died. He said a time of death had not been determined.

Kortni McGill, one of three people who found a woman’s body in the garage Monday, said Andrew Stout, who had been living at the property, had been missing since April 25.

“The last time he was heard from was April 25 — the day he was fired from American Eagle [Outfitters Distribution Center in Ottawa],” McGill said.

An American Eagle representative confirmed Tuesday that Stout was an employee with the company, but declined to say if his employment had been terminated.

McGill and Corey Schlotzhauer, 26, had gone to the modular home on the property to check on Stout’s welfare Sunday, smelled the strange odor and called the sheriff’s office.

“When a [sheriff’s] deputy opened the door, the smell of death came rolling out of the house,” McGill told reporters Tuesday morning.

She said sheriff’s officers attributed the smell to trash on the premises but found no bodies Sunday.

McGill said that explanation didn’t sit well with her or her friends.

“I woke up sick at my stomach Monday, because I knew something was wrong at the house,” McGill said.

McGill said the “smell of death” was strong Sunday on the south side of the modular home where Stout’s bedroom would be located inside, as well as from the garage.

She said she also found it strange that Stout’s dog, a blue heeler named Bandit, would not go in the house, even though his dog food was right inside the door and it was apparent he hadn’t been fed lately.

After McGill, Scholtzhauer and Shona Osladil, 22, discovered the woman’s body under a tarp in the garage midday Monday, Scholtzhauer said he called 911.

The trio told reporters Monday night they thought the body they found in the garage at Stout’s place was that of Bailey. McGill said Bailey, who worked for First Response Security, which provided security services to American Eagle, did not show up for work May 1. Bailey was supposed to leave her 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Lana, from a previous relationship, with Stout on May 1 while she went to work, McGill said, who added Stout and Bailey were in a relationship.

Kaylie Bailey and her child were reported missing May 3, an Olathe Police Department official confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

But Richards told reporters Tuesday morning he could not confirm if the woman found on the property was Bailey. He said no Amber Alert would be issued because “we are not even sure that the woman and her child arrived at the Franklin County address.”

The sheriff also said that a child’s body had not been found on the property. A man who identified himself as Bailey’s father was at the crime scene Monday, but declined to talk with reporters.

McGill also said that Stout had “kicked out” his roommates, Flack and White, the week before he went missing because they weren’t paying rent.

Cyle Matthew Bailey, one of the two men apparently being sought by authorities, was reported to be the brother of Shawn Bailey, the father of Kaylie Bailey’s child. Shawn Bailey currently is held in the Laclede County Jail in Lebanon, Mo., on two bonds of $50,000 each in relation to receiving stolen property, burglary and probation violation, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. He arrived at the jail Jan. 17, 2013.

Herald reporters Bobby Burch and Abby Crosthwait contributed to this report.

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