Press conference on arrest in missing girl case

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 9:49 AM

10-year-old Hailey Ownes found dead at home in Springfield, Mo

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A press conference was held Wednesday morning to announce an arrest had been made in the case of a missing 10-year-old Springfield girl.

A man faces murder charges in the death Hailey Owens, who was abducted Tuesday evening. 

According to the Green County sheriff’s website, a warrant charges 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder.

The murder booking comes hours after police announced they had arrested a suspect in the abduction of Owens.  

A public information officer with the Kansas Highway Patrol initially tweeted Owens’ body had been found, but later admitted his information was based on media reports and not independently confirmed.

Police did not say anything about her body being found during a 6:30 a.m. news conference. Police did not answer questions.

Authorities say Wood was found inside a vehicle at a Springfield home in the 1500 block of E. Stanford St. around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Wood was brought into custody for questioning and later arrested.

Authorities say 30 Springfield officers conducted a search at the home where Woods was found. That’s when police say they found evidence suggesting foul play.

Police say they obtained a search warrant and were searching the home with the help of an FBI response.

Police would not say what the evidence was and additional details surrounding Owens’ death was not immediately available. Authorities said more information would be released during an 11 a.m. Wednesday news conference.

Witnesses told investigators a man in a gold-colored 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the 3200 block of W. Lombard St. several times before approaching Hailey and pulling her into his truck around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbor Carlos Edwards told the Springfield News-Leader he ran after the truck as his wife tried to get the license plate number after seeing the abduction.

 

Amber Alerts were issued in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

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