OLATHE, Kan. - The family of Kaylie and Lana Bailey spent Mother’s Day making burial arrangements for the young mother and her 18-month-old daughter.
The two were murdered on a rural Ottawa farm sometime between April 28 and May 6, along with two men.
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“We kept going through all sorts of different scenarios in our mind where it would be possible that Lana was still alive,” Kaylie's grandmother, Wilma Pettijohn, said. “But you hold onto hope as long as you can.”
Wilma and her husband Andy held onto hope as long as they could. They found out about Kaylie’s death Monday. For the past six months, she had been living with them in Olathe.
The family said Olathe police told them Saturday around 11:30 p.m. that their great-granddaughter was gone, her body found in Osage County.
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“Having Lana’s body found, I think brings us a sense of closure that we would not have had if we'd gone on indefinitely not knowing what happened to her,” Wilma said. “We just know that we are heartbroken, and we're devastated.”
"We hated to have it hanging just over our heads and thinking ‘Is she out there?’” Andy said. “Could she be found if we just did the right thing?”
The Pettijohn’s have questions and want justice for everyone, but right now they are celebrating the lives lost.
“We had some very wonderful memories. She was a sweet, wonderful baby -- intelligent and bright -- and her Aunt Linda called her Sunshine,” Wilma Pettijohn said. “And Kaylie was just a wonderful, wonderful mother."
The family has planned a joint celebration of life service for Kaylie and her daughter at Dengel and Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St. in Ottawa, Kan.
The visitation will be May 15 from 6-8 p.m. The service for Kaylie and Lana will be May 16 at 2 p.m.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may send it to the mortuary made out to "Kaylie Smith Memorial Fund."
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