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Body of missing Missouri girl Hailey Owens found; suspect in custody was school employee

Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 11:48:05-05

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police say a 45-year-old man is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl.

Chief Paul Williams says investigators found “evidence of foul play” in the search for Hailey Owens, who was abducted Tuesday evening.

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Williams said Wednesday that investigators continue to search for evidence “related to a potential crime.” He did not address media reports that the girl’s body had been found.

The suspect was arrested inside a vehicle near a Springfield home Tuesday night.

Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold-colored 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the street several times before approaching Hailey and pulling her into his truck around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Amber Alerts were issued in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.