SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Springfield police said a body believed to be missing Missouri girl Hailey Owens has been found.
An Amber Alert for the 10-year-old was canceled by the Missouri Highway Patrol on Wednesday morning.
Police say they have found evidence at a new crime scene and called in the FBI to help investigate. Police suspect foul play.
A police spokesman told FOX23 a suspect was found sleeping in his vehicle in Springfield around 8:30 p.m Tuesday. The suspect, 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood, is in jail on a 1st degree murder complaint.
FOX23 was alerted by Missouri Highway Patrol that a 10-year-girl was forcefully abducted Tuesday afternoon around 4:50, from Springfield Missouri.
Police released a timeline of the kidnapping and investigation on Wednesday morning:
Springfield Police responded to the 3200 block of West Lombard Street in reference to a reported child abduction.
Approximately 5 p.m.
Officers obtained preliminary information from witnesses regarding vehicle description, license plate and a suspect. Based on this information, SPD was able to develop information leading to a potential suspect.
Approximately 6 p.m.
SPD issued a news release and posted to social media information about the abduction, including suspect, victim and vehicle details.
Following the AMBER Alert protocol, information was provided to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Work continued throughout the night with partners in all area law enforcement at the City, County, State and Federal level.
Approximately 7 p.m.
A multi-state AMBER alert was issued and information was distributed to all area law enforcement agencies and media outlets, including the suspect description and a description of the suspect vehicle.
Approximately 8:30 p.m.
Following up on a lead, investigators located the suspect vehicle at a residence in the 1500 block east of Stanford Street in Springfield. A subject, Craig M. Wood, 45, of Springfield, accompanied the investigators to police headquarters for questioning at that time.
Police also made an initial sweep of the property on Stanford in search of the victim.
Approximately 11:30 p.m.
A group of about 30 investigators conducted a coordinated search of the area near the suspect's residence (1500 block of East Stanford). That search resulted in the discovery of evidence related to this case.
Wood was taken into custody and booked into the Greene County Jail.
Approximately 2:15 a.m.
Based on evidence found, SPD obtained a search warrant for the residence. The FBI evidence response team arrived and is assisting with the search of the residence.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, with efforts focused on the Stanford property.
Throughout the investigation, SPD has kept the family apprised of ongoing developments.
The next media briefing will be at 11 a.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street in Springfield.
Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Norm Ridder released a statement confirming Wood was a paraprofessional at a Springfield school:
Last night we learned the terrible news that one of our students had been abducted near her home. This morning our sadness is compounded by the recent developments in the case of Hailey Owens' abduction.
The suspect in this case, Craig Michael Wood, was arrested by Springfield Police Department. Wood has been employed by SPS since Aug. 18, 1998. He works as a paraprofessional and athletic coach at Pleasant View K-8 School. His employment has been suspended until this matter is resolved.
Hailey is a student at Westport Elementary School and last year she attended Bowerman Elementary School.
I offer my support to Hailey's family and to our SPS community. Students and staff at three of our schools are coping with this situation. To support these school communities directly impacted by this tragedy, I have assigned additional counseling staff and school police officers to be on hand until further notice.
We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials as their investigation continues. Because this is an ongoing investigation, I will not be making any further comments about the situation at this time.