Body of Missouri Amber Alert Victim Reportedly Found

Published 02/18 2014 10:13PM

Updated 02/19 2014 08:21AM

Hailey Owens
Hailey Owens
SPRINGFIELD, MO ( -- Springfield police say there is evidence of foul play in the disappearance of 10-year old Hailey Owens.

A family friend, who was with in communication with the family to help organize a search for Hailey,  told KOLR10's Brett Martin, the family said a search was no longer necessary because Hailey's body has been found.  Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams would not confirm that or take questions.

Williams held a briefing for reporters at 6:30 this morning at the police command post at National and Bennett. 

Williams says officers, acting on a tip, found the suspect's vehicle at a house in the 1500 block of E. Stanford.  The man was taken to police headquarters for questioning.
Officers, searching the property on Stanford, found evidence of foul play, Williams said.

Williams identified the suspect in custody as Craig Michael Wood.   Online jail records say Wood was booked into the jail on charges of 1st degree murder.

About 30 officers spent the night collecting evidence at the house on Stanford and the crime scene processing will continue today, Williams said.

Police say Hailey was walking near her home in the 3200 block of West Lombard about 4:50 p.m. when a white male - possibly in a gold Ford Ranger pickup- grabbed her and took her.
They say they believe the abduction was random and do not believe Hailey was familiar with the man.  A multi-state Amber Alert was issued about 7pm.

Wood has a criminal record.  According to online court records, he pleaded guilty in 1990 for possession of a controlled substance and was given a suspended execution of his sentence after completing court-ordered drug counseling programs

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