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'Person of interest' in triple homicide was convicted in 2005 shooting

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

Authorities were still looking Tuesday evening for a person of interest in connection with three bodies found early this week in Franklin County. That person, Kyle T. Flack, 27, previously was convicted in a 2005 shooting in Ottawa.

Flack is being sought by investigators in what Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards described as a triple homicide at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa.

Flack was not being viewed as a suspect Tuesday night, Richards said, but investigators were hopeful Flack could provide them with information that will help authorities identify the two adult male bodies and one adult female body that were found on the rural property between Ottawa and Pomona, where Flack had been living with Andrew Stout and Steve White. Stout and White have been missing since April 25.

Flack was reported to possibly be driving a black 2007 Toyota Corolla, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Ottawa Police Department. Flack was considered to possibly be armed.

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 that time, authorities said they had recovered two more bodies.

“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.

Richards confirmed late Tuesday only three bodies had been found at the site, despite rumors that a fourth body had been located.

“We are still dealing with three bodies,” Richards said Tuesday night.

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 Tuesday evening, 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.”

Richards said the Major Case Squad, comprised of more than 40 detectives from various agencies, had been activated Tuesday morning to work on the case. Richards said about 7 p.m. Tuesday that about 40 law enforcement officials still were working on the case that evening.

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.

Richards also said investigators had talked with a second man, Cyle Matthew Bailey, to see if he could help with the identification of the bodies and he is no longer being sought by law enforcement.

Kortni McGill, one of three people who found the woman’s body in a detached garage on the property, said she and her friends believed the woman was Kaylie Bailey, who she said was in a relationship with Stout, one of the men living in the modular home on the property. Kaylie Bailey is thought to be the former sister-in-law of Cyle Bailey.

McGill said Kaylie Bailey, who worked for First Response Security, which provided security services to American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center in Ottawa, 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.

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.

Cyle Bailey, the man interviewed by authorities Tuesday afternoon, 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.

The black 2007 Corolla authorities said Flack might be driving is described as bearing Kansas license plate 618 DAA. The vehicle is displaying a vanity plate on the front bumper and the passenger side mirror is being held on by gray duct tape.  

Anyone who sees, or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle, is asked to call (888) 311-TIPS, or send a text to 274637, begin with the keyword “franklin” or call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 242-3800 or (785) 242-2561 ext. 417.

Herald Managing Editor Tommy Felts and reporters Bobby Burch and Abby Crosthwait contributed to this report.

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