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Authorities believe Lana-Leigh Bailey’s body was moved to Osage County after killings in Ottawa

May 12, 2013, 1:09 a.m. Updated May 12, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

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Sheriff announces discovery of body

Sunday around 1 a.m., Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards announces police believe they found the body of missing toddler Lana Leigh Bailey. The discovery was made Saturday evening in Osage County Enlarge video

A map of Osage County, which is west of Franklin County. Police discovered what they believe is the body of a missing toddler in Osage County Saturday evening, though they have not yet detailed the location. The marker indicates Osage City.

A map of Osage County, which is west of Franklin County. Police discovered what they believe is the body of a missing toddler in Osage County Saturday evening, though they have not yet detailed the location. The marker indicates Osage City.

Authorities said Sunday they believe that 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey was killed on the same rural Ottawa property last week as her mother and two men, and that her body was then moved to Osage County.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said officials are confident that the body found in Osage County Saturday was that of Lana-Leigh. Final identification had not yet been made, he said, pending a forensic examination.

"I want the family of Lana, and all of the victims, to know that this investigation will continue until we are confident we have collected as much evidence as we can to ensure justice is served on behalf of all four victims," Richards said in an official statement. "Investigators from multiple volunteer, local, state, and federal agencies worked almost non-stop to find Lana since this horrific crime was reported."

The bodies of Lana-Leigh's mother, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, Andrew Adam Stout, 30, and Steven Eugene White, 31, were found Monday and Tuesday in and around a house at 3197 Georgia Road, about five miles west of Ottawa.

Kyle T. Flack, 27, has been charged with murder in the killings. Flack, who served four years for attempted murder in a previous case, is being held on a $10 million bond. He faces charges of capital murder in the quadruple homicide, which could lead to the death penalty. He will next appear in court on Monday afternoon.

Richards would not elaborate on many details of the case, such as exactly where the body was found or the items that were found near it, saying that releasing additional information could hinder the ongoing investigation.

Osage County, where the body was found, is about 20 miles west of where the other bodies were discovered. It's between Ottawa and Emporia, where police located Flack on Wednesday, as well as Kaylie Bailey's black Toyota. "The deputy was searching an area in his county because he thought it should be a target," Richards said. "This was the initiative of the deputy and it was good police work."

An Osage County Sheriff's Office deputy found items related to the homicides about 6 p.m. Saturday, Richards said, and Franklin County deputies were called to the scene.

About 10 p.m. Saturday night, investigators confirmed the body had been found. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office crime scene unit was requested to process the new crime scene.

"It is not the outcome we'd hoped for, but (we) knew we couldn't stop searching until Lana was home," Richards said early Sunday morning, when he announced that the body had been found. "We hope that this will help bring a little bit of closure to the family and friends of the victims."

The Ottawa killings have gripped the local community and drawn national media attention since the bodies were discovered early last week. Authorities said all of the victims had been shot.

But toddler Lana-Leigh was missing for days, touching off a search that involved as many as 150 law enforcement officers, including the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and members of police departments from surrounding communities, including Lawrence.

They combed the farmsteads and fields around the rural Ottawa property on horseback and all-terrain vehicles, and with dogs. At first, there was hope the child would be found alive, but late in the week, after Flack was detained, officials said they believed Lana-Leigh was dead, and began searching for her body.

Richards said Saturday that the case is taking a toll on the officers, many of them parents, beyond physical fatigue. 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.

More than 400 hundred people attended a candlelight vigil in Ottawa Friday night to honor Lana Leigh and the other victims, and to support their families.

"Deep down, there's a lot of hurt," Scott Dickinson, pastor at Ottawa's Wesleyan Church, said at the vigil. "A lot of pain, a lot of questions."

Adam Strunk contributed to this story.

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Jeanette Kekahbah 1 year, 7 months ago

prayers of comfort, support, love and healing to all those hurting

Rick Aldrich 1 year, 7 months ago

perfectly said "connected"

my only issue however is how someone can be released from prison only 4 years later after being charged with attempted murder. i feel in my heart this one is on our judicial system.

jjinks 1 year, 7 months ago

The man he shot five times died, after he got out of prison, from cancer of the lung caused by shrapnel left from his wounds. Isn't Liberalism great?

Danielle Brunin 1 year, 7 months ago

The death penalty is still law in Kansas, but if you look at how many times it has been implemented since it was reinstated, you'll know all you need to know. I'm not a death penalty proponent, but I can't feel help but feel that this monster is beyond hope.

frankfussman 1 year, 7 months ago

What's wrong with life without parole? It will keep him off the streets.

jhawkinsf 1 year, 7 months ago

"What's wrong with life without parole?"

While in jail, inmates can be very violent. They attack each other, causing injury and sometimes death. Sometimes the violent attacks are directed at guards, who then suffer the injuries and death. And on some rare occasions, they escape and cause even more injury and death to the innocents on the streets. Then there are the instances where those on the inside conspire with those on the outside to continue with their criminal enterprises, which again, includes acts of violence and death. Other than that, life without parole is great.

50YearResident 1 year, 7 months ago

He would be depleting Oxygen that could be better used by someone else.

BlackVelvet 1 year, 7 months ago

it will keep him off the streets UNTIL some bleeding heart judge thinks the prisons are overcrowded and lets him OUT! It has happened in the past, it will happen again!

Hardhawk1 1 year, 7 months ago

It is not the legal system, it is the legislature who is to blame for short sentences and no discretion of the judges and parole boards. The legislature does not want to pay for prisons, so it established sentencing and parole rules that let people off the hook way too soon. In fact, it takes a lot just to get any prison time at all these days. Prisons cost money and that would require more taxes. Taxes that the legislature does not want to impose. These rules have been in place for some time so it is really not the current legislature's fault that we have what we have. The current legislature could, however, correct the problem.

optimist 1 year, 7 months ago

He served 4 years which is less than the minimum for the crime he committed. I believe attempted murder allows for a sentence of 5-20 years or thereabouts. That doesn't include sentencing for using a firearm which is supposed to add as much as 10 years to a sentence. I think in this case a judge’s discretion might have acted against the interests of the people. In cases of violent crimes there should be harsher sentences with strict guidelines.

jumpin_catfish 1 year, 7 months ago

Give himlife in prison, locate him in the general population and see how long he last. I can think of a numerous ways this animal could be dealt but I'll use some restraint. This diseased, sick animal needs to go down. That little baby's blood is on the hands of the people who should have put him away. He walks into a man's garage and shoots him five times but is allowed to plea down to second degree. Just having laws doesn't equal justice and justice demands he goes down. Hardhawk is right too, fix the system, so these kind of animals go down for their crimes.

I'm just heart sick for this child and her family. God help us!

okiedave 1 year, 7 months ago

I bet he only served a partial sentence out of the 4 year sentence. Who was the prosecutor who allowed the reduced plea? Fire him/her. Who is the judge who accepted the reduced plea? Vote him/her out of office. They may not be doing their job in a diligent manner.

Bob Forer 1 year, 7 months ago

He served a little over four years in prison and three years on parole.

elliottaw 1 year, 7 months ago

he will not be looked down on in prison because he killed a child, sad but true, now if he was a child molester you would have a whole different story

elliottaw 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm not dismissing it just stating as someone who worked in federal prisons, murder of any age is not looked down on in general, by child molesters are guaranteed to have a hard stay there

Beth Bird 1 year, 7 months ago

One reason there may not be as many comments as we are used to on stories like this is because until just a few hours ago, commenting was disabled on this story.

Mark Currie 1 year, 7 months ago

I kind of tend to agree with all of you so far. If he had used something besides a .22 or .25, he probably would have killed that guy in 05. Not saying he should have, but the legal system should have realized he had no qualms about killing a person. But to kill a baby is just off the charts. Why couldn't this ba#%&rd have just left the baby? She would have been found by the people who found the mom. The needle is too good for this piece of human detritus. I don't understand that kind of depravity. I know many of you don't believe, but God will deal with this "thing". That is, after gen. pop. have their way with him. My thoughts & prayers to the families & friends hurt by this animal.

Susan Mangan 1 year, 7 months ago

Our system...for some stupid reason...rewards failure. ATTEMPTING to commit a crime carries a lesser sentence, when all that really means is that you tried, but failed. Why should being too stupid, incompetent, lazy, etc. to complete the crime you are trying to commit be any less "bad" than getting it done???

All of the legal stuff aside...God bless the families of the victims. I pray that little Lana-Leigh is spending this Mother's Day in the loving and peaceful embrace of her mother. What a tragic way to be together, but at least they ARE together.

FloridaSunshine 1 year, 7 months ago

VoiceOfReason...your last paragraph is beautifully stated...makes me weep profusely for this little one taken so hideously. Your words have given me comfort. Thank you.

I can only imagine why so many of the searchers need counseling after looking for this precious baby, Lana Leigh...all I could think of while reading this is my beloved granddaughter. I have no more words.

juma 1 year, 7 months ago

All the lawyers, judges and definitely the probation board should be required to watch that old movie 'The Bad Seed' before going to work. There are people who are just plain not human and should be locked up.

obamasocks 1 year, 7 months ago

Do you remember the "good 'ol days" when hanging used to be public, and people would excitedly gather at the town square to watch? It feels more and more like our society is headed this way; pretty soon there will probably even be a reality show about it. Our blood thirst for criminals is growing disturbing.

I hope he receives justice, and am glad its not up to me to decide what that justice is.

bevy 1 year, 7 months ago

I am glad to see that this poor family at least won't have to go through the torture of forever wondering "what if?" At least they can bury their precious grandchild and try to get through life. Blessings to all the volunteers, police, etc. who gave of their time and their hearts' blood to make sure this precious baby was found.

As to the perpetrator of these crimes,I'm putting aside the thoughts I'm having about what should be done to him, and remembering that he will face a greater Judge than any that can be found here on earth. Hopefully sooner, rather than later. That's all I'll say on that.

My heart goes out to all who have been touched by these senseless acts.

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