Springfield police say body believed to be missing Missouri girl has been found

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 2/19 5:17 pm Published: 2/18 9:10 pm

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:

4:48 p.m.

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.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/20/2014 1:36 AM
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KarlSchnejder #: -|| Be careful how you sling that scripture. You are fortunate that there is forgiveness and hope. I won't tell you in this forum but I know.

watergirl - 2/19/2014 4:50 PM
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I guess it depends on the condition of your heart when you pray. My prayers are answered all the time. So I know God hears them. Never doubt there is a living God.

karlschneider - 2/19/2014 4:34 PM
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If praying actually worked, the little girl could be brought back very easily. Matthew 18:19, 7:7 and Mark 11:24 and 9.23 guarantee results. But people use them all the time with no results. Unless, of course, the book (and the quoted person) are wrong...

Mayor Maynot - 2/19/2014 3:05 PM
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BA resident #8 ^]}. In your statement I intuit that you are most likely female and you keep your keys in your purse, (that is the norm). Crzywrld might be a male keys in pocket (that is also the norm). We can all only do what we can do to get by in this world. #:-[[ ...... tears for Hailey and her parents and friends and others who grieve for the loss of what we know not.

Mayor Maynot - 2/19/2014 2:55 PM
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Watergirl #: -[[..... I doubt if I will forget this soon. Condolences to you in your friends loss of Hailey.

watergirl - 2/19/2014 12:06 PM
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I too am sick to my stomach about it. I know her parents and family/friends must be in torment right now. My prayers are for them. It will take time for them to get over this. Get over it? I don’t think so. It would be with me the rest of my life. I hope Missouri can find a lethal injection drug soon. If not, there are other ways…………. The pus bag should be thankful he is in jail right now.

Mayor Maynot - 2/19/2014 10:46 AM
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BA Resident - 2/19/2014 9:41 AM
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He most likely sped off and even if you could've followed -- it's not like you would just have your keys with you at all times. Time would be wasted running inside to grab them and take off after the piece of crap. I'm sick to my stomach about this. He worked for the school...how disgusting.

crzywrld83 - 2/19/2014 9:17 AM
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What i dont understand is the fact the someone saw this little be taken but didnt really do anything to stop it, I would have jumped in my car and followed the person, no matter if it was my child or not. I am saddened by the news that this little girl is still missing and for the family in this time of sorrow. I cant even imagine what they are going through. I hope that they find the answers soon. I think hanging in public needs to be brought back, instead of being put in jail

USEagle - 2/19/2014 8:08 AM
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I hope this SOB doesn't make it to trial!
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