Family Says Body of Missing Girl Found

HAILEY OWENS 4

There are new developments in a Amber Alert case in Springfield, Missouri Wednesday morning (Feb. 19).

Family members told a reporter at the missing girl’s home that her body was found, our sister station in St. Louis reports.

Authorities say 10-year-old Hailey Owens was abducted Tuesday night (Feb. 19) around 5 p.m. in front of her neighbors house in Springfield, Missouri. An Amber Alert was immediately issued in Missouri and was later extended to nearby states. As of this morning, that Amber Alert has been lifted.

According to witnesses, a man in a gold Ford Ranger pickup asked her for directions and then grabbed her and pulled her into the truck.

The Springfield Police Department held a media conference at 6:30 a.m. and stated the suspect, Craig Michael Wood, 45, is behind bars at the Green County Jail. The county website lists First Degree Murder charges against him.

When authorities apprehended Wood, they found signs of foul play at the scene and in his truck, according to Police Chief Paul Williams.

The FBI has been called in to assist in the investigation. Police are planning to update the media at 11:00 a.m. this morning.

To hear what police had to say about this case, click here.

Craig Wood

Craig Wood

21 comments

    • Ray

      I wish they would put him in a room with me and an East wing hammer for ten minutes. Justice would be served without a single taxpayer’s dollar spent. My heart goes out to the family. So, so sorry for their loss.

  • Heather

    Hang Him teach a lesson to all!! The people in this world need to know nothing goes without punishment and if you kill the same fate should be dealt to you!! Our system is weak because they will not instill harder punishment for killers and only our system can change or nothing else will!!

  • DiNino

    Thts jus Sad . My PRAYS AND HEART GOES OUT TO THIS FAMLIY.
    And for tha piece $#¡¥ tht did this . #KARMA.. I HOPE THS SWEET INNOCENT CHILD HUNTS U N YO SLP UNTIL IT KILLS U.. U R LOWER THAN $#¡¥..

  • bob

    With all the tree hugging mericans who doesn’t believe in the death plenty cause merica is supposed to be “civilized” is why this guy will set in prison get free hot meals, tv and room and board and a chance for parole later on and the 10 well she’s gone for ever and the family will have to live with that. Just like that guy who raped and killed the 15yo who’s compiling that the lethal injection is inhumane GTFOH!

  • Karen

    Hang the #$%^&*( now and get it over with, if there is evidence enough, just do it now. He has no value here on earth. He will face a judgement and his sentence will be handed down swiftly.

  • diescumbag

    You can just bet METH is involved in this crime, I mean who in their right mind would grab a girl in daylight in a gold Ranger and not think of the consequences?

    Hopefully the father will shoot him in the head on the day of the trial as they lead him in to the court house and the judge will sentence the father to a couple months in jail, that’s happened before. That way he can send this scum back to God & this little girl to stand trail there. Would not want to be him.

  • realreal

    His cellbuddies are going to have fun with him teaching him how to spell; “RUN”… Bend over grab Your ankles spread your cheeks..

  • JJ

    My heart & prayers to this baby angel’s family & friends!!! May you all be comforted, loved, & watched over in this oh so difficult trying time of need.

  • Cassandra

    OK so he is being charged with first degree murder but we all know how this goes. This guy will be in jail for some years then they always release the sick people. I hope that we all learn something from this. That not to just let someone back on the streets after serving some time in prison because even if they get out after 20 30 40+ years they could always do it again. Don’t matter how old they are they will continue to be a sick person and the next person my not be so lucky. The sick people might even target the family. I mean come now why do we let these people out. What ever happened to hanging sick people like this or even the electric chair? INHUMANE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS! Inhumanity when out when the idiots are out prowling for helpless little children. This is why I don’t let my child out of my house without me knowing EVERYTHING he’s doing and EVERYTHING about the people he’s doing it with. I don’t care how old or young my child is I will never EVER trust ANYONE with him but my blood relatives. Poor poor little girl and family, My heart goes out to them and I am so sorry this had to happen to you. This is a sick sick world and you can never let your guard down not even for a second. PRAYING FOR YOU WITH LOVE!!!!!!

  • James

    I would agree with most of what the others have said,(hang his a**) how many times does this have to happen to children before the laws are changed to go back to hanging people! There is a agreement among most,(stop locking them up for (some time) then letting them out to do it again!

  • John

    All he has to do is say he was molested as a child and they will let him go free after a few years of therapy and good behavior. This nasty snake should be killed before he preys upon and kills another child, they always kill again. Lets hope this was his first taste of blood. This makes me so sick.

    Does anyone know where/if we can give $10.00 to help the Mother pay for the funeral?

  • L Tucker

    Of course he’s employed by the Springdale MO schools as a coach at a K-8 school system. What is it with creepy coaches? Seems like they are in the news every week now for something like this.

  • LINDA

    THIS MAN IS A SICK S.O.B. TO GRAB A LITTLE GIRL OFF THE STREETS IN FRONT OF PEOPLE AND KILL HER IN A MATTER OF A FEW HOURS LATER..WELL..I DO BELIEVE HE NEEDS TO BE EXECUTED THE SAME WAY HE DONE HAILEY..MY DAUGHTER IS FRIENDS WITH HER AUNT SO IT HITS HOME HERE ALSO..IF IT WAS ONE OF MY KIDS OR GRANDKIDS YOU BET I WOULD BE PUSHING TO SKIN HIM A LITTLE AT A TIME, THEN THEM CUT HIS THROAT AND BEFORE HE DIES THAT WAY SHOOT HIM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD. SORRY PEOPLE BUT THIS IS HOW I FEEL ON SICK PERVERTS LIKE THIS. PRISON IS TOO GOOD FOR THEM

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