The search is under way in Kansas for an 18-month-old girl whose mother was found dead along with two others this week, says kctv5.com on May 9.
Three homicide victims were found at a farm in Ottawa, Kansas, earlier in the week. One of the victims has now been confirmed as 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Bailey and her daughter had been reported missing last week. The daughter’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Bailey, and her daughter, Lana, were last seen on April 28 at the farm, police said. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation released conflicting information, saying the mother and daughter were last seen on May 1 on the way to the farm.
The pair was reported missing on May 3 by family members.
“Our priority is finding Lana,” Sheriff Jeff Richards said Wednesday.
The toddler has light brown hair and blue eyes, officials said. She is 2 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds.
Investigators have multiple leads, the sheriff said, adding that deputies have interviewed a person of interest. No arrests have been made.
“We have three homicide victims that need justice and so do their families, and so we are going to continue to process through this investigation; we are going to continue to follow up on leads,” Richards said.
Investigators recovered Bailey’s car in Emporia, more than 50 miles west of where the bodies were found.
The other two homicide victims were identified as Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31.
Bailey and Stout were friends and worked together as security guards, CNN affiliate KSHB reported. Stout and White lived at the property where their bodies were found.
Kortni McGill, the person who first discovered the bodies, claims she recognized the missing woman as Kaylie Bailey immediately.
Friends Kortni McGill and Corey Scholtzhauser visited the farm on May 5, after growing concerned that they were unable to reach friend Andrew Stout, who resided 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 May 6, 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.