A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at a Springfield home owned by the suspect, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference.
SPRINGFIELD, MO (KCTV/AP) -
A grade school coach has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl.
A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found Wednesday at a Springfield home owned by the suspect, Police Chief Paul Williams said at a news conference. Official confirmation won't occur until after an autopsy, but the chief said police "have a high degree of confidence" in the preliminary identification.
Police say Craig Michael Wood, 45, is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder but formal charges have not been filed. The Greene County prosecutor is reviewing the case.
Here is a timeline of events in the case.
4:48 p.m. Tuesday - Springfield police responded to the 3200 block of West Lombard Street in reference to a reported child abduction.
Hailey was walking to a friend's home in Springfield. Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold, 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the street several times before abducting the child.
About 5 p.m. Tuesday - Officers obtained preliminary information from witnesses regarding vehicle description, license plate and a suspect. Based on this information, Springfield police were able to develop information leading to a potential suspect.
About 6 p.m. Tuesday - Police issued a news release and posted to social media information about Hailey M. Owens' abduction, including suspect, victim and vehicle details.
Following the Amber Alert protocol, information was then provided to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
About 7 p.m. Tuesday - A multi-state Amber Alert was issued and information was distributed to all area law enforcement agencies and media outlets, including the suspect description and a description of the suspect vehicle.
About 8:30 p.m. Tuesday - Following up on a lead, investigators located the suspect vehicle at a home in the 1500 block east of Stanford Street in Springfield. A man accompanied the investigators to police headquarters for questioning at that time.
That suspect, Craig M. Wood, 45, of Springfield, was taken into custody and booked into the Greene County Jail.
Police also made an initial sweep of the property on Stanford in search of the victim.
About 11:30 p.m. Tuesday - A group of about 30 investigators conducted a coordinated search of the area near the suspect's home. That search resulted in the discovery of evidence related to the case.
About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday - Based on evidence found, police obtained a search warrant for the home. The FBI evidence response team arrived assisted with the search of the residence.
2:30 a.m. Wednesday - Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says search crews found a body they believe is Hailey Owens inside the suspect's home.
About 5:30 a.m. Wednesday - Authorities notify Hailey's family that the 10-year-old girl's body had been found.
6:30 a.m. Wednesday - Springfield police name Wood as suspect.
7:30 a.m. Wednesday - Amber Alert canceled.
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