The alleged kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old Springfield girl has led to an outpouring of support from communities across Missouri.
Homes across Missouri were encouraged on Facebook to turn their porch lights on overnight in memory of Hailey Owens, who police say was found dead inside a Springfield home Wednesday morning.
The “Porch lights for Hailey” Facebook page had nearly 163,000 "likes" Thursday morning. The porch lights initiative has been extended through Saturday so residents who want to take part in the support still can.
Another Facebook page dedicated to Owens, called “In Loving Memory of Hailey Owens,” had more than 132,000 ‘likes’ as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, the memorial for Owens at the site of her abduction continues to grow.
A memorial fund has been set up for Owens through Empire Bank. Those wishing to make a donation can mail them to:
C/O Hailey Owens Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 3397
Springfield, Mo 65808
Craig Wood, 45, has been charged with murder in the case. Police say Wood, a Springfield Public School employee, had duct tape in his hand when they first saw him Tuesday night, hours after Owens was kidnapped.
According to court documents, police smelled a strong odor of bleach coming from the basement. Authorities issued a search warrant and found Owens’ body in two trash bags. Police say she was shot in the head and her wrists had been bound.
A neighbor who knew Owens told News 4 she had seen Wood in the neighborhood before.
“As soon as I saw that mug shot I knew exactly who that was, while my daughter and another child her age were playing in the yard,” said Brittany Fuqua.
Fuqua said her husband went outside to talk to Wood, but he drove away immediately.