Toddler missing after triple homicide (VIDEO): Search for Lana after mother Kaylie Bailey is identified as one of three victims
An 18-month old toddler girl is missing after a triple homicide in a Kansas farm this week.
Her family have pleaded for the safe return of the child.
The identities of the three murdered victims who were found in the farm in Ottawa were revealed Wednesday. The victims are Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31.
Kaylie Bailey and her daughter Lana were initially reported missing by her family on May 3.
The owner of the house is Lana's father, and Bailey had planned to drop the child off there on Wednesday. "We are waiting for confirmation that it may or may not be Kaylie, and once we know, it will determine what direction we go from there," Olathe Police Sgt. Brad Caldwell told the AP.
Lana is still reported as missing and a search is underway to find her.
"Our priority is finding Lana," Sheriff Jeff Richards said Wednesday.
The toddler is described as having blue eyes and brown hair. She is two feet tall and weights around 30 pounds.
Bailey's car was recovered in Emporia, which is 50 miles away from where the bodies were found.
Three bodies were found on a farm by neighbors. The gruesome discovery was made Monday after a foul smell was detected by neighbors close to the site.
Kortni McGill and her friends Corey Schlotzhauer and Shona Osladil discovered the bodies when they went to the farm earlier this week to check on a friend who she hasn't heard from since April 25.
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However, when she looked into the garage, she saw a tarp covering a dead body. It was weighed down by a cinder block. McGill and her friends originally went to the home on Sunday to see if they could find her friend.
They noticed the pungent smell coming from inside of the home, only to be initially dismissed by authorities as garbage. They even went to the garage where the source of the odor was, but dismissed that as garbage too.
However, McGill returned the next day with her two friends and did some sleuthing of her own, only to discover that the tarp was hiding a body underneath.
The tarp had a pile of baby clothes on top. When police were called, they found a burn barrel with baby clothes, a baby bottle and a sleeping bag.
"I reached down and saw teeth through the square in the cinder block. I said, 'Corey, there's a body here,'" McGill told the AP.
Police have not found any suspects who may be involved with the gruesome deaths, but the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has named Kyle Flack as a person of interest in the case.
Flack previously served time for attempted second-degree murder and was only released last month. No other information has been released about Flack or why police want to speak to him.
Investigators are also searching the whereabouts of a black Toyota Corolla with the license plate number 618 DAA. "This is three homicides on one very large scene," said Sheriff Jeff Richards during a news conference. "We have more than 40 detectives here with various agencies to investigate this crime. The manner of death is going to be important to this investigation, so I don't want to reveal anything that might be crucial to helping us solve this case."