Police: Body of missing 10-year-old found in Mo. UPDATE
Posted 5 months ago
By Post Staff
11:20 a.m. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police say the body of a missing 10-year-old girl has been found in southwest Missouri.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says search crews found a body they believe is Hailey Owens inside a suspect’s Springfield home on Wednesday.
Witnesses told police that Hailey was taken by a man in a pickup truck Tuesday evening.
Forty-five-year-old grade school coach Craig Michael Wood is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in Hailey’s disappearance. Wood was arrested late Tuesday inside a vehicle parked outside his house. Formal charges have not been filed.
The Springfield School District says Wood is a coach and teacher’s aide at a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hailey did not attend that school, and Williams says the two apparently didn’t know each other.
10:40 a.m. UPDATE SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 45-year-old school employee has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says investigators found “evidence of foul play” in their search for Hailey Owens. Witnesses told police that Hailey was taken by a man in a pickup truck in Springfield Tuesday evening.
Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox declined to address media reports Wednesday that Hailey’s body has been found.
A suspect was arrested late Tuesday inside a vehicle parked at his Springfield home. Police identified him Wednesday as Craig Michael Wood. Formal charges have not been filed.
The Springfield School District says Wood is a coach and paraprofessional at a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hailey did not attend that school.
7:10 a.m. During an early morning press briefing, Springfield police said they have a crime scene they are working in connection with the disappearance of Hailey Owens.
Media outlets across the region have been reporting the girl’s family told them that a body has been found. Police have not confirmed this.
Authorities did arrest a 45-year-old man overnight. The county jail website shows Craig Michael Woods is booked on one complaint of first-degree murder. Woods was found with the vehicle reported in the Amber Alert.
Witnesses told investigators a man in a gold-colored 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the street several times before approaching Hailey and pulling her into his truck around 5 p.m. Tuesday.