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Man arrested in triple homicide, baby presumed dead

By The Herald Staff | 5/9/2013

An arrest has been made, and a baby missing in connection with a triple homicide in rural Ottawa is presumed dead, Sheriff Jeff Richards said Thursday morning.

Kyle Flack, 27, who previously was considered a “person of interest” in the case, has been arrested and booked into Franklin County jail on suspicion of first degree murder, Richards said. Formal charges are expected to follow. The arrest came as the result of overnight interviews and other developments in the case. Flack did not have an attorney Thursday morning, Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said.

Lana Bailey, the 1 1/2-year-old daughter of the late Kaylie Bailey, 21, is presumed dead, Richards said. Her death is considered a homicide. Outside law enforcement agencies from across the area and region are continuing to assist with the search for Lana’s body.

The bodies discovered Monday and Tuesday at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa, were those of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steve White, Richards said Wednesday afternoon. Bailey, along with Lana, were reported missing May 3. Stout and White reportedly hadn’t been seen since April 25.

The sheriff would not comment Thursday morning on the causes of death, nor the motives for the killings.

Bailey and her daughter were last seen at the Georgia Road residence, the sheriff’s office said previously, where Stout and White had lived with Flack. Bailey reportedly was in a relationship with Stout. Her body was found Monday in a detached garage on the property. The two men were found Monday and Tuesday in the home, according to the sheriff’s office. Frontier Forensics began conducting autopsies on the three bodies at 6 p.m. Tuesday to determine a cause or manner of death for each of the bodies.

Authorities also had been searching Flack, as well as a black 2007 Toyota Corolla he allegedly was driving. The vehicle was recovered 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Emporia. 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. The vehicle had been last seen with Bailey and her daughter at the farm.

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.

Shawn Bailey, Lana’s father, is held in the Laclede County Jail in Lebanon, Mo., on two unrelated 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.

Individuals with information about the triple homicide discovery, the 2007 Carolla or the location of Lana Bailey's body are encouraged to call the Franklin County Crime Stoppers at (888) 311-TIPS or (888) 311-8477, submit a tip through Franklin County Crime Stopper’s Facebook account, text tip to 274637 (begin text with keyword “Franklin”) or online at Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Franklin County Crime Stoppers pays as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of any person or persons committing a crime in Franklin County.

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