Same vehicle connected to missing mom case, Ottawa homicide investigation

OTTAWA, Kan. - The vehicle a missing mother and daughter were last seen in matches the description of the car a person of interest in the triple-murder at a rural Franklin  County farm was believed to be driving.

Kyle Flack, 27, was arrested early Wednesday, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. He was wanted for questioning about the homicides. Police say Flack was considered armed and extremely dangerous, and that he has a violent criminal past.

Also located Wednesday morning in connection with the case was a black 2007 Toyota Corolla with Kansas license plate number 618 DAA.

That is the same vehicle Olathe police say 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey was last seen in with her 18-month-old daughter Lana last week. Friends say she lived part-time at the farm. Kaylie's grandfather reported Kaylie and Lana missing on Friday.

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Cyle Bailey, 23, was also initially named as a person of interest in the case. Bailey is brothers with Shawn Bailey, who is married to Kaylie Bailey. Shawn and Kaylie are currently going through a divorce. However, Cyle Bailey said he spoke to police and was no longer a person of interest Tuesday evening.

The person-of-interest alert was issued after a 911 call brought investigators to the farm on Georgia Road, just outside Ottawa. Three bodies were found in a barn on the property. Several friends told 41 Action News that Flack occasionally stayed at the farm.

Andrew Stout rented the home on the farm from his mother, and lived there with at least one roommate, according to his father. Kaylie Bailey and Stout worked together at a security firm in Ottawa. However, police have not yet confirmed what connection, if any, there is between Kaylie's disappearance and the homicide investigation.

In a news conference Tuesday, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said the bodies found are two males and one female, all adults.

"We have three homicides on a very large scene," Richards said.

No other information about the victims was released.

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The deaths are being investigated as a homicide, but Richards said he would not discuss a cause of death because of the ongoing investigation.

Kortni McGill, of Ottawa, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she, Corey Schlotzhauer and Shona Osladil went to the home Monday afternoon and saw a dead body covered in a tarp and weighted down with a cinder block in the garage.

"I reached down and saw teeth through the square in the cinder block. I said, 'Corey, there's a body here,"' McGill said.

McGill said she and Schlotzhauer first went to the property Sunday to check on a friend who had not been heard from since April 25. When they got there, they smelled a foul odor coming from the south side of the home and called police.

McGill said sheriff's deputies went into the home and came out 10 to 15 minutes later, saying they didn't find anything, and the smell was probably trash. She said the deputies then peered inside a large garage on the opposite side of the house, where there also was a strong, foul smell, but dismissed it as garbage and left.

McGill and Schlotzhauer returned to the home Monday with Osladil to feed a dog at the farm and investigate the strong smells again.

Osladil said the three looked around the garage for no more than 10 minutes when they found the tarp under what appeared to be a pile of junk that had been put there on purpose.

McGill said the body appeared to have decayed and that they also saw a bag of baby clothes on top of the tarp. They then called 911 again.

Just outside the garage entrance, McGill said, she saw a burn barrel that had baby clothes, a baby bottle and a girl's sleeping bag. She said she also saw a pair of baby's socks on the ground that appeared clean despite rainy conditions in recent days.

Police have yet to confirm what connection -- if any -- there is between the bodies found at the farm and Kaylie Bailey. However, friends told 41 Action News Bailey lived at the farm home part-time.

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McGill and Osladil -- who said she had known Kaylie Bailey her whole life -- said Kaylie Bailey had a relationship with a man who lived in the home and had planned to drop her baby off there Wednesday.

"We don't know at this time if those people ever made it to the address down here in Franklin County," Richards said, referring to the Olathe missing person case.

More than 40 detectives from various agencies, including a Johnson County crime scene investigation team, are helping with the investigation. Olathe police are part of that group because of the open missing person case, Olathe

Police Sgt. Brad Caldwell said.

Olathe police had provided the Franklin County Sheriff's Department with an address to check Friday, but Caldwell declined to say whether it was the same address where the bodies were found Monday.

The missing baby doesn't meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, Caldwell said, but didn't go into details.

Richards also acknowledged Tuesday that deputies had been to the scene Sunday and found nothing. He said when officers responded Monday, they got a search warrant and found the bodies.

Osladil said she was upset with the way authorities handled the matter.

"I'm very frustrated," she said. "Without us going out there, how long would it have been before they found that body?"

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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