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Capital murder, rape charges filed against Kyle Flack

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The search continued Friday for 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey, as eight felony charges, including two counts of capital murder, were filed against a 27-year-old Franklin County man.

The Franklin County Attorney's Office has filed eight felony charges against Kyle T. Flack. This includes two counts of capital murder, four counts of first-degree murder, rape and criminal possession of a firearm.

Franklin County Attorney Steve Hunting said he believes Lana-Leigh is dead, and has charged Flack with murdering her.

"Mr. Flack has not indicated where Lana is," Hunting said, adding he wouldn't say whether Flack has confessed to the murders. "Based on the facts and information we have, we do not believe she is still alive."

He declined to elaborate.

But Lana-Leigh's maternal grandmother, Lisa Smith, said she cannot and won't accept that the precious grandbaby is dead until they have proof.

"She hasn't been found yet. I am not going to give up on her," Smith said. "We hope Lana will show up safe."

Bailey's mother, Kaylie Bailey, was raped before she was killed, according to court documents.

Bond was set at $10 million during Flack's first court appearance Friday afternoon. Flack showed little reaction as the charges were read to him.

Hunting said he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Flack for the capital murder charges, and that decision won't come for weeks.

Smith is filled with anger toward Flack who made a vulgar gesture to reporters when they asked him where Lana-Leigh is.

"I just hope that he's miserable for the rest of his life, and I don't believe that justice can be served because my daughter is dead and our granddaughter is missing," Smith said. "And whatever is in store for Kyle Flack is too good for him."

Hunting had until early Saturday to file formal charges against Flack in connection with the murders on a Franklin County farm. Flack was taken into custody in Emporia earlier this week.

Bailey, 21, her 30-year-old former co-worker, Andrew Stout, and Stout's roommate, Steven Eugene White, 31, were found killed earlier this week at Stout's farm near Ponoma. Bailey was taking her daughter to Stout's home for him to watch the little girl while Bailey went to work.

Hunting said White was killed first and that's why Flack was charged with first-degree murder in connection with his slaying.

"We believe he was murdered earlier," Hunting said about White's death.

Hunting said Bailey, Stout and Lana were killed at the same time, and Flack faces a capital murder charge in connection with their deaths.

Several days may have passed between White's killing and the next three, based on the timeline provided by Hunting, who indicated the subsequent slayings were premeditated.

Investigators believe White was killed between April 20 and April 28th while Stout, Bailey and her daughter were killed between April 28 and May 6. Hunting said Stout, Bailey and Lana were killed at the same time, and Bailey's family last heard from her on May 1 when she left to travel to Stout's home.

Friends of Stout's said they found Bailey's body at 12:15 p.m. May 6 when they went to feed Stout's pets and smelled a horrible odor. Friends reported smelling the odor on May 5, but Ottawa police officers who came to the scene determined the smell came from trash.

Hunting wouldn't confirm whether the four were shot, but said a firearm was used in commission of the crimes.

Authorities have said they have information that has led them to believe Lana-Leigh was killed and they are searching for her remains. The crime scene goes from Franklin County to Lyon County where Flack was arrested.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said investigators continue to follow up tips, leads and information. He said the search for Lana-Leigh will continue over the weekend.

"We will put every effort forward to bring Lana home to her family," Richards said. "She has not been located yet."

No additional arrests have been made, but the investigation continues, Richards said.

Officers and FBI agents went shoulder to shoulder on Thursday searching farmland near Stout's home and an abandoned farm in Lyon County near Emporia. They did this again Friday via ground, horseback and all-terrain vehicles.

The Overland Park Police Department's dive team searched a pond on Stout's property, but Richards said there are no plans to drain the pond.

Authorities have refused to discuss a motive for the slayings, but White's mother has said she fears it was drug related.

Flack's next court appearance is Monday. He was appointed a public defender.

A vigil was held for the victims Friday night. Jim Smith, Bailey's father, thanked everyone for their support.

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