Police have detained a suspect in the abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens in Springfield, Missouri. Owens has been missing since around 5 p.m. local time on February 18.
1. Reports Say Owens’ Body Has Been Recovered
— Jennifer Feldman (@jenniferfeldman) February 19, 2014
In the second press conference of the day on Wednesday, police have confirmed that a body has been found that could be that of 10-year-old Owens, but the police department have not yet confirmed the identity of the body. However, a family friend reportedly confirmed to KJRH that the body was that of the abducted child.
Police would not comment on the condition of body, but according to the local news outlet, the estimated time of death was between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
The Springfield Police said in a press release:
We are now able to confirm that we have discovered a young female body pursuant to a search warrant at 1538 E. Stanford. While she has not been positively identified, we have a high degree of confidence that it is Hailey Owens. An official finding, regarding identity and cause of death won’t be determined until after an autopsy is performed.
2. An Amber Alert Was Issued in 3 States to Find Owens
After the abduction, an Amber Alert was issued for all of Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma calling residents to be on the look out for a gold 2008 Ford Ranger Pickup, and a man, between the ages of 45 to 55, 6’1″, 200 pounds, with grey hair.
The Amber Alert was canceled at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Everyone please do me a favor and spread the word about a 10 year old named Hailey Owens, kidnapped in Springfield. pic.twitter.com/8ItZZBDaXW
— @MOGirlProbs (@MOGirlProbs) February 19, 2014
3. She Was Walking to a Nearby Friends House
Owens was walking to a nearby friend’s house when the Gold pickup truck pulled up to the side of the road and the driver grabbed Owens. According to witnesses, the truck circled the block and drove passed Owens a number of times before the abduction took place on the tree-lined and residential west Lombard Street in Springfield, Missouri.
4. Craig Michael Wood Was Arrested on Murder Charges
Reports from witnesses and a tip to police led authorities to 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood by late Tuesday night. Wood is a paraprofessional and coach at Pleasant View School, an elementary and middle school. According to the AP, Wood has been working in the school distract since 1998.
He did not work at Westport Elementary School where Owens was a student.
Wood was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and taken to prison. A search of Wood’s house uncovered a body that is believed to be Owens.
Authorities say Wood is not talking and the motive is still unclear.
5. Witnesses Tried to Stop the Abduction
At the second press conference on Wednesday, police told reporters that multiple witnesses attempted to prevent the abduction by running after the car on foot, calling 911, or even chasing the pickup truck in their own vehicle.