Investigators find body believed to be missing Missouri toddler Lana Bailey

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - After days of intensive searching, police believe they have found Lana Bailey, KSHB reported.

Franklin County authorities made the announcement at a 1 a.m. news conference Sunday.

"It is with great sadness that I report a body found in Osage County, Kan., is believed to be that of 18-month-old Lana Bailey," Sheriff Richards said.

Saturday evening, an Osage County sheriffs deputy found evidence related to the case, prompting further searches in the area. Just after 10 p.m., they located a body.

The sheriff is confident that the remains are of Lana, but he said it is standard procedure to have a forensic examination conducted before making a final identification.

"I want the family of Lana and all the victims to know that this investigation will continue until we are confident we have collected as much evidence as we can to ensure justice is served on behalf of all four victims," Sheriff Richards said.

Authorities said the family is seeking closure knowing that some of their questions can now be answered.

"It is not the outcome we hoped for, but we could not stop searching until Lana was home," Sheriff Richards said.

Police would not elaborate on where the body was found.

The news comes just hours after Sheriff Jeff Richards announced the search for baby Lana would be scaled back, allowing crews to rest after following more than 400 leads in the case.

Lana and her 21-year-old mother, Kaylie, were reported missing May 3. Kaylie's body was found on a farm in rural Ottawa Tuesday, along with the bodies of two men.

Kyle Flack, 27, was charged Friday in the deaths of the four victims. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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Flack was also charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of rape and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. The capital murder charges will give prosecutors the option of pursuing the death penalty, but they said in a news conference Friday that decision has not yet been made.
 

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