The grisly discovery of three bodies on a farm in Kansas this week has authorities wondering if they could be linked to a recent missing persons case. Widespread speculation is that one of the victims may be 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, who was last seen six days ago.
According to a May 7 report from CBS news affiliate WHPTV, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that three bodies were found on farm property situated west of Ottawa on Monday. The victims — two adult males and one adult female — are all thought to have been killed.
“This is three homicides on one very large scene,” Sheriff Jeff Richards stated during a news conference on Tuesday. “We have more than 40 detectives here with various agencies to investigate this crime.”
Police have chosen to withhold specific details regarding the three bodies, including the exact time or possible cause of death for each victim.
“The manner of death is going to be important to this investigation,” Richards explained. “So, I don’t want to reveal anything that might be to crucial to helping us solve this case.”
Authorities did not comment on whether they thought any of the victims may be Kansas City resident Kaylie Bailey.
The 21-year-old woman was reportedly last seen on April 30, accompanied by her 18-month-old daughter, Lana. Both were officially reported missing on May 3.
Despite the police keeping silent, the person who first discovered the female body claims she recognized the missing woman immediately.
Kortni McGill and Corey Scholtzhauser visited the farm on Sunday, after growing concerned that they were unable to reach friend Andrew Stout, who resides at the property.
According to McGill, she and Scholtzhauser quickly noticed a foul odor coming from the home.
They notified police, who reportedly spent a brief amount of time looking about the property. McGill claims the officers dismissed the smell as garbage and left the scene. Not treating the concern as flippantly as police, and still being unable to reach her friend, McGill decided to return to the property.
McGill, Schlotzhauer, and a third friend, Shona Osladil, arrived back at the farm on Monday, entering the garage. Within minutes of stepping inside, McGill noticed a tarp held down with cinder blocks resting underneath a table. Taking a closer look, the concerned friend was shocked by what she found.
“I reached down and saw teeth through the square in the cinder block,” McGill said of the horrifying discovery of a female body. She also claims that upon closer inspection, she recognized the victim as Kaylie Bailey.
According to McGill, Bailey was romantically involved with Andrew Stout at the time of her disappearance.
McGill and her companions quickly alerted authorities to their discovery. Police soon found that a total of three bodies were located on the farm.
While Monday’s discovery has yet to be officially linked to Bailey’s disappearance, Sheriff Richards confirmed that multiple males were reported missing in connection to her case. However, he did not confirm if Andrew Stout was one of those men, or if Stout was among the three bodies found on the farm.