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Man Charged With Murder And Kidnapping Of 10-Year-Old Hailey Owens

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Man Charged With Murder And Kidnapping Of 10-Year-Old Hailey Owens

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Feb 19, 2014

The man accused of abducting a 10-year-old from West Lombard in Springfield has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action.

Craig Michael Wood was arrested at his home on East Stanford in Springfield. 

Police say after getting a search warrant, they found Hailey Owens' body in a storage tote in the basement.  Investigators smelled bleach.

Court records say the medical examiner says Hailey Owens had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the base of her skull.  She also had ligature marks on her arms.

Crime scene technicians say they found a spent .22 caliber shell casing in the basement.

Click here to read the full probable cause statement.

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With a passion for news, Nancy has worked at KTTS for 15 years. Awarded Best Newscast from Missouri Broadcasters Association and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting