Remains were found Saturday in Osage County in eastern Kansas. Authorities believe the body, based on evidence collect thus far, to be that of a toddler who had been missing since the discovery of a gruesome triple homicide on Monday, May 6.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards released a statement, “It is with great sadness that I report a body found in Osage County, Kansas, is believed to be the remains of 18-month-old Lana [Leigh] Bailey.”
The child was presumed dead after her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, and two other male victims, Andrew Stout and Steven White, were found murdered in a rural farmhouse in Franklin County. Kaylie’s body was left in the garage of the residence under a tarp and a firearm had been used.
Kaylie and Lana had been reported missing since May 3.
The discovery of the murder victims came after friends of Andrew Stout, who resided at the home, had grown concerned, failing to make contact with him for several days.
The farm and other areas within the 50-mile stretch between Ottawa and Emporia, where Kaylie’s car was found Tuesday, were scoured in hopes of finding the toddler. Searchers used boats and sonar to check various waterways and ponds. Hundreds of leads and tips were investigated.
Authorities have not mentioned exactly where in the county and in what condition the remains were found in. A forensic examination will make a final identification.
Prior to finding Lana, Kyle Flack, a 27-year-old convicted felon, was charged and arraigned in court Friday with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Kaylie, 30-year-old Andrew Stout, and 31-year-old Steven White.
As the toddler was presumed dead, he was charged in her death as well. Additional counts of rape and criminal possession of a firearm were also applied. No motive was provided and Flack’s bond was set at $10 million. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Few details have emerged since the court appearance, but it was mentioned one of the men had been dead up to a week prior to the others being killed in the farmhouse, and that Kaylie had been sexually assaulted. It was not disclosed if Flack was active in leading authorities to the child’s remains.
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