OTTAWA, Kan. - The families of the Franklin County homicide victims are heartbroken – and they want answers.
Three bodies were discovered at a farm near Ottawa this week. The victims have been identified as 31-year-old Steven White, 30-year-old Andrew Stout and 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey. Kaylie's 18-month-old daughter, Lana Bailey, has not yet been found but is presumed dead.
A man from the area, 27-year-old Kyle Flack, is in custody in the murders. No charges have been filed yet.
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The grieving has just begun for the family of the victims.
“I'm 29-years-old, I never expected I'd be planning a funeral for my husband,” said Randi White, Steven White's wife. Randi said despite their separate living arrangements for the past few years, her husband was a good father who saw his kids every week.
She said that while she and Steven had problems, she still loved him and heard from him almost daily, until the text messages stopped on April 18.
“He loved his children, they were his world," Randi said. "That's when I knew something was wrong, we hadn't heard from him in weeks."
Randi said she worried, but mutual friends told her Steven was fine.
In the aftermath of the homicides, she must now explain what happened to Steven on the Franklin County farm to two young children.
Steven White leaves behind a 3-year-old son, Austin, and a 6-year-old stepdaughter, Ashlyn. The children also knew another homicide victim, Andrew Stout, as “Uncle Andrew.”
“(Andrew) knew how to brighten your day if you were down,” Stout's brother, Jackson Anderson, said. He said Stout loved kids, action movies and playing Frisbee and golf, and would give the shirt off his back to a stranger.
Anderson said Stout loved joking around and always had a smile on his face.
Now, Jackson cannot ask for his brother back; he only asks for prayers for all the families involved in this terrible tragedy.
“He's gone, nobody deserves this," Anderson said.
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