A missing Kansas girl’s body may have been found after an intensive search for the past week. Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards stated that remains recovered in eastern Kansas on Saturday are likely those of the missing 18-month-old girl.
Lana Leigh Bailey was already presumed dead by authorities, who found her mother’s body, along with those of two men, on a Kansas farm last week. Richards explained in the 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 Bailey.”
The body presumed to be that of the missing Kansas girl was discovered by an Osage County sheriff’s deputy. The deputy was performing a search for items that could be connected to the three people found dead at a farm home on May 6.
Evidence collected at the scene after the body was found led investigators to believe it was the infant’s remains. Richards added:
“I want the family of Lana, and all 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.”
Crews searching for the missing Kansas girl used boats and sonar equipment in the investigation, though Richards did not say where exactly the body was found. Authorities earlier stated that investigators scoured ponds and other waterways in the area looking for Lana Leign Bailey’s body.
Authorities already arrested Kyle Flack, 27, in connection with the murders. Flack, a convicted felon, was charged on Friday with capital murder in the deaths of Lana Bailey, her 21-year-old mom (Kylie Bailey), and 30-year-old Andrew Stout. He was also charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in their deaths, along with the death of 31-year-old Steven White.
The investigation for the missing Kansas girl included searching the farm where her mother’s body was found, along with other rural areas in a 50-mile stretch between Ottawa and Emporia, where Kaylie Bailey’s car was discovered on Tuesday.
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