Franklin County authorities to suspend massive searches for baby - KCTV5

Franklin County authorities to suspend massive searches for baby Lana

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities said they are scaling back their search efforts for missing 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey.

Investigators continued their search into its sixth day Saturday, moving to the water in large part as they searched a river that runs through Ottawa, KS, as well as nearby creeks and ponds.

They continued their search for any sign of baby Lana, but had no results.

Kyle Flack was formally charged Friday and he's being held on a $10 million bond. He's accused of rape and of murdering four people.

The victims are 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey and her 18-month-old; Kaylie Bailey's friend Andrew Stout, and his roommate Steven White. The bodies of the three adults were found at Stout's Ottawa farm this week.

But investigators still have not found baby Lana's body and that remains the focus of the investigation.

All week the massive search was undertaken to find Lana. Her mother is from Olathe, KS, and she was last seen coming to Ottawa and her car was found in Emporia, KS, after her death. That leaves a large area to cover.

But Saturday is the last day the major case squad will be working the search, according to Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards, so the investigation loses about 100 searchers and investigators starting Sunday.

Richards said the officers have to go back to their respective agencies and, after a week of searching and no sleep, the Franklin County Sheriff said everyone is exhausted and they need to ramp down, moving just to targeted searches.

He said the painful truth is even that may have to stop at some point.

"It's difficult to have to say, it's a tough decision to make at some point to say that you have exhausted your search efforts. We're not there yet. Right now we're having to target them and we're going to continue to do that and we're hoping," Richards said. "We're hoping as well that we'll end up finding her."

KCTV5's Alice Barr asked the sheriff about Lana's families continued hope that she could be found alive. He said that's natural, but Flack would not be charged with Lana's murder if they didn't have the evidence to support that.

Investigators are still following leads, asking for tips and will continue with targeted searches whenever they have new information.

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