Amber Alert for Hailey Owens in Missouri–Previously Truth! Now Ended!

Amber Alert for Hailey Owens in Missouri–Previously Truth! Now Ended!

Summary of eRumor:

This was an amber alert for Hailey Owens, age 10, who was playing outside her home when a man driving a pick-up truck abducted her.

The Truth:

The amber alert for Hailey Owens was real but no longer active because her dead body was found by police.   This according to various press releases by the Springfield Police Department, one of which that said investigators had a “high degree of confidence that it is Hailey Owens.”   

Owens was kidnapped near her home in Springfield, Missouri on February 18, 2014 and one day later a body of a young girl was found dead in the basement of the home of middle school football coach, Michael Craig Wood.   The abduction took place in front of eye witnesses who were able to provide police with a description of the suspect’s vehicle along with a license plate number.

Wood has been charged with kidnapping and murder and was arraigned in court on February 21, 2014, according to a news report that day by KSHB-TV News in Kansas City.   The article said that young Hailey Owens “had ligature marks on her wrists, suggesting she was tied up” when she was “shot in the back of the head.”  KSHB also reported that her body was found “stuffed into trash bags and plastic containers.”   Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson told KSHB that “he would consider seeking the death penalty.”

Posted 02/25/14