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Agents on horseback, FBI plane, search dogs scouring farm for missing baby

By The Herald Staff | 5/9/2013

Law enforcement officials resumed their search Friday morning for missing 18-month-old Lana Bailey at the 4.7-acre site of a grisly murder scene at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa.

Meanwhile, investigators continued to follow up tips, leads and other information Friday, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office news release said. Sheriff Jeff Richards and County Attorney Stephen Hunting have scheduled a press conference 4 p.m. Friday.

Though the investigation still is ongoing, Richards said Thursday, law enforcement agents have made progress in the short time since three bodies were discovered earlier this week on a farm in rural Ottawa.

“It’s a detailed investigation and it’s tedious, and I know it’s not in the time frame that we’d all like,” the sheriff said Thursday afternoon during a press conference outside the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. “But there are steps we have to take because we want to make sure we get things done right.”

The sheriff’s office released the identities Wednesday of the three bodies found Monday and Tuesday at 3197 Georgia Road. The victims included Kaylie Bailey, 21, Olathe, Andrew Stout, 30, Ottawa, and Steven White, 31, Ottawa. Lana Bailey reportedly was last seen May 1 with her mother, Kaylie Bailey. Lana Bailey, however, is presumed dead, Richards said.

Formal charges against 27-year-old Kyle Flack had not yet been filed late Friday morning, but Richards said Thursday afternoon charges would be filed within 48 hours of the time of his arrest. Flack was arrested at about 5 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of first degree murder in connection with what now is being termed a quadruple homicide, Hunting said during a Thursday morning press conference.

Richards had requested and was approved for an extension of Major Case Squad assistance, he said. In addition to the “M-Squad,” Richards said Thursday there are search teams on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles — as well as a FBI airplane — searching the property.

“At this point, we’re not going to stop investigating,” Richards said. “We’re not going to focus our attention just on the one person we have in custody.”

Law enforcement agents are facing tough terrains in their search for baby Lana, Richards said. Because of the rural nature of the crime scene, Richards said, law enforcement could be dealing with pastures, woods and streams.

“It’s a large area and it can be time consuming, but we have to be very meticulous in what we’re doing,” he said. “We need to go as fast as we can, but we can’t go so fast that we’re going to miss something. It could take some time but that’s why we have the extra resources.”

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