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Search for missing toddler — presumed dead — ramping down after intense week

May 11, 2013

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The official poster for Lana-Leigh Bailey from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Franklin County officials said the 1-year-old is presumed dead but the search is still on for her body, which has not been found.

The official poster for Lana-Leigh Bailey from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Franklin County officials said the 1-year-old is presumed dead but the search is still on for her body, which has not been found.

Search teams on horseback search along Highway 68, near the Eisenhower Drive intersection, Friday afternoon in Ottawa. Crews on horseback were seen all Friday combing Highway 68, fanning out east and west from Georgia Road, where three bodies were discovered Monday. Police continue to search for missing 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey.

Search teams on horseback search along Highway 68, near the Eisenhower Drive intersection, Friday afternoon in Ottawa. Crews on horseback were seen all Friday combing Highway 68, fanning out east and west from Georgia Road, where three bodies were discovered Monday. Police continue to search for missing 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey.

Searchers on horseback search culverts and drainage ditches along Kansas Highway 68 west of Ottawa, Kan., Friday, May 10, 2013, searching for a missing 18-month-old girl, Lana-Leigh Bailey, now presumed dead.  continued Friday on a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were discovered this week. The FBI and as many as 150 law enforcement officers joined the search around a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were found Monday and Tuesday..

Searchers on horseback search culverts and drainage ditches along Kansas Highway 68 west of Ottawa, Kan., Friday, May 10, 2013, searching for a missing 18-month-old girl, Lana-Leigh Bailey, now presumed dead. continued Friday on a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were discovered this week. The FBI and as many as 150 law enforcement officers joined the search around a rural Ottawa property where three bodies were found Monday and Tuesday..

There will be no mass search for missing toddler Lana Leigh Bailey on Sunday, but the investigation continues into the circumstances of her presumed death.

After days of combing the farmsteads and fields around the rural Ottawa property where the child's mother and two men were found dead earlier this week, officers will rest Sunday before resuming the effort — in reduced numbers — Monday. Sunday will see only limited searches, while investigators continue to follow leads elsewhere.

"We're not giving up yet," Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said Saturday afternoon. "Every time we go out, we're hoping that's the spot."

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey this week while investigating the killings of her mother, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21; Andrew Adam Stout, 30; and Steven Eugene White, 31. Their bodies were found Monday and Tuesday in and around a house at 3197 Georgia Road, about five miles west of Ottawa.

Kyle T. Flack, charged Friday with four counts of first-degree murder and other crimes, remains in custody on a $10 million bond.

The search for Lana's body has involved the Kansas City Major Case Squad, FBI aircraft and as many as 150 officers using helicopters, boats, all-terrain vehicles and horses. But when the search begins anew Monday, it will include about 50 officers, and fewer in the future if more time goes by without finding Lana.

The case remains a priority, but the men and women forming the search parties could not continue in full force, Richards said.

"Again, we're on day six," he said. "Just on the exhaustion level, we're not going to be very effective in the field."

The case is taking a toll on the officers, many of them parents, beyond physical fatigue, Richards said. While some searchers have needed medical attention, the sheriff's office has also made chaplains available to the officers for counseling.

"It's tough for people," Richards said.

The scaling down of the search isn't about resources, Richards said, but what is feasible for investigators to accomplish.

"We can't search every farmstead between here and Emporia. We just can't physically do that right now," Richards said.

But even as the search party breaks on Sunday, investigators will follow up on some of the 400 leads generated by the public that have taken them from Emporia to Kansas City and across state lines. And that will continue, Richards said, as long as there are leads to pursue.

"The money, and the cost of something, should not decide how far we're going to go to seek justice," he said.

Comments

Jeremiah Jefferson 1 year, 4 months ago

There are ways to make the guy talk. They may not be the most pleasant, but I would stop at nothing to find this baby girl even if it meant beating it out of this coward.

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wildcatrat 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes we have ways! to make him.

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