BODY FOUND: Believed To Be That Of Abducted Missouri Girl
(CNN) — A southwest Missouri man is under arrest on suspicion of murder after a body — believed to be that of a 10-year-old girl he’s accused of abducting Tuesday — was found in the home he’s been living in, police said Wednesday.
Police said they believe the body found in Craig Michael Wood’s Springfield home is that of Hailey Owens, who allegedly was abducted in that city Tuesday afternoon.
The body has yet to be positively identified, police said.
An Amber Alert was issued after at least one witness told police that a man pulled Hailey, of Springfield, into a gold Ford Ranger on Tuesday afternoon, CNN affiliate KMBC reported. She had been walking to a friend’s house, KMBC reported, citing her relatives.
Following an unspecified lead, police went to Wood’s home on Tuesday night and, after he drove up to the residence, took him in for questioning. Investigators found the body in a search of the home overnight, and Wood, 45, was arrested on a preliminary murder charge, police said.
Information about whether Hailey knew Wood wasn’t immediately available.