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Man in custody, missing woman's car found, autopsies under way

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/8/2013

A person of interest in a triple homicide investigation west of Ottawa now is in police custody, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards confirmed Wednesday morning.

Authorities also had been searching for a black 2007 Toyota Corolla the man allegedly was driving. The vehicle was recovered 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Emporia, a Wednesday morning press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office said. Kyle T. Flack, 27, later was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in Kansas, but outside of Franklin County, Richards said earlier Wednesday.

Flack was still speaking with investigators at about 9 a.m. regarding the three adult bodies — one woman and two men — found Monday and Tuesday at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa, Richards said. The bodies had not been identified Wednesday morning.

Frontier Forensics began conducting autopsies on the three bodies at 6 p.m. Tuesday to determine a cause or manner of death, and to identify the deceased, according the sheriff’s office news release.

Missing persons

Kortni McGill, one of three people who found the woman’s body Monday in a detached garage on the property, said she and her friends believed the woman was Kaylie Bailey, who McGill said was in a relationship with Andrew Stout, one of the men living in the modular home on the property.

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. Bailey and Stout were in a relationship, McGill said.

Bailey and her child were reported missing May 3, an Olathe Police Department official confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The two were last seen at the Georgia Road residence, according to the Franklin County release. The vehicle the missing persons were last seen in was the Toyota Carolla located Tuesday evening in Emporia. Bailey and her daughter still are considered missing, according to the release.

After the initial body was discovered and reported about 12:15 p.m. Monday, investigators began a search of the Georgia Road residence. The Johnson County Crime Scene Unit discovered a second deceased adult Monday, according to the release. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, a third deceased adult was located. Both men were found inside the residence, the release said.

Flack, who previously was convicted in a 2005 shooting in Ottawa, reportedly had been living in a modular home on the Georgia Road property with Stout and Steve White. Stout and White have been missing since April 25.

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.

Police no longer are searching for Cyle Matthew Bailey, who authorities cleared as a person of interest Tuesday evening. Kaylie Bailey is thought to be the former sister-in-law of Cyle Bailey.

Ongoing investigation

Richards confirmed late Tuesday only three bodies had been found at the site, despite rumors that a fourth body had been located. Canines from Kansas Search and Rescue scoured the property 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and discovered no other bodies, the release said.

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

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.

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

Richards also said investigators had talked with Cyle Bailey to see if he could help with the identification of the bodies and he is no longer being sought by law enforcement. Bailey told investigators he was at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and had not been in Franklin County in months, according to news reports.

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

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