18-month-old Lana Bailey presumed dead, but search for her continues
41 Action News Staff
12:53 PM, May 8, 2013
8:19 PM, May 9, 2013
OTTAWA, Kan. - Investigators say 18-month-old Lana Bailey is presumed dead, but her body has not been recovered. More than 150 officers searched for the little girl on horseback, ATVs and foot in Franklin County on Thursday, and they say they won't stop until she's found.
Lana and her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, were reported missing last week. Kaylie was identified as one of three homicide victims found at a rural Kansas farm earlier this week, but Lana's whereabouts are still unknown.
Kyle Flack, 27, has been arrested in the case and is awaiting formal charges, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said Thursday.
Franklin County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday they requested an Amber Alert be issued for Lana, but the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said no.
The KBI said they denied the request because it was made too late, and "utilizing the Emergency Alert System ... would not enhance coverage" in finding the little girl.
Kaylie and Lana Bailey were last seen on or around May 1 at a house on Georgia Road in Franklin County, near Ottawa. Kaylie was identified Wednesday as one of the three homicide victims -- along with 30-year-old Andrew Stout and 31-year-old Steven White -- found in a barn on the property.
Kaylie's family members told 41 Action News she planned to leave Lana with Stout on Wednesday night while she worked the night shift at a security firm in Ottawa. Coworkers said she never made it to work.
A car Kaylie and Lana were last seen in was found Tuesday night in Emporia, along with a person who is being questioned in the homicide investigation.
Kaylie's grandfather, who lives in Olathe, reported Kaylie and Lana missing on Friday, May 3.
In a news conference Wednesday night, Kaylie and Lana's family said they're feeling numb after the events of the past few days. Lana's aunt said now that they know what happened to Kaylie, their focus had shifted to finding the little girl.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911, 888-311-8477 or the KBI at 1-800-KS CRIME.
Editor's note: The Franklin County Sheriff's office initially issued a news release saying an Amber Alert had been issued, which we reported. However, the story above reflects the most recent information that a request for an alert was made -- and denied.