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Body of missing baby reportedly found

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/12/2013

A body believed to be 18-month-old Lana Bailey was found about 10 p.m. Saturday night in Osage County, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said.

An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy discovered some items before dusk that were believed to be connected to a homicide investigation, Richards told reporters at a 1 a.m. press conference in front of his office at 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the items were part of a quadruple homicide investigation first discovered Monday west of Ottawa, the sheriff said.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit was called in to process the crime scene and a body believed to be Lana was recovered at 10 p.m., Richards said.

“It is with great sadness that I report a body found in Osage County is believed to be the remains of 18-month-old Lana Bailey,” Richards told reporters. “We have to wait for the forensics examination, but we are pretty confident it is Lana, making her the fourth victim in our quadruple homicide investigation.”

The bodies discovered Monday and Tuesday at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa, were those of Lana’s mother, Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31, Richards told reporters Wednesday during a press conference. Kaylie Bailey and her daughter were reported missing May 3. Stout and White reportedly hadn’t been seen since April 25.

Kyle Flack, the 27-year-old man who stands accused of the killings, made his first court appearance 4 p.m. Friday in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa. He is charged with two counts of capital murder, four counts of murder in the first degree, one count of rape and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, filed the charges against Flack Friday afternoon. The capital murder charges are eligible for the death penalty. Hunting said Friday he has not yet made a determination if he would seek the death penalty if Flack was convicted of the capital murder crimes. His bond was set at $10 million.

Flack had been living in a modular home on the property with Stout and White. Kaylie Bailey and Stout were said to be in a relationship.

After the remains were recovered Saturday night, Richards said he notified Lana’s family.

“This is not the outcome any of us wanted,” Richards said.

The sheriff said the family was grieving, but expressed some relief that her body appears to have been found.

Richards declined to say where the body was found in Osage County, nor would he identify what items the Osage County deputy found that prompted the continued search.

“Evidence collected at the location corroborated earlier information that lead investigators to believe the remains of Lana Bailey were recovered,” he said. “We hope that a forensics examination will make a final identification.”

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