Man jailed in connection with missing Springfield girl
By Meghan Lane
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:41:21 GMT — Update: February 19th at 11:10 a.m. Springfield Police said they have found the body of a young girl and are confident it is the body of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. During a news conference Wednesday, police said they would have to wait for an autopsy to be conducted to confirm the identity. They also said the body was found inside the home believed to be where Craig Michael Wood lives. Wood was taken into custody Tuesday evening after police were tipped off that he might be driving a vehicle matching the description of Hailey's abductor. Wood was taken to the police department and refused to talk to investigators about the abduction but requested a lawyer. Wood is currently in the Greene County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. Original Story: Craig Michael Wood, 45, was arrested and booked in the Greene County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl. Chief Paul Williams said investigators found "evidence of foul play" in the search for Hailey Owens, who was abducted Tuesday evening. About thirty Springfield officers and investigators started a search around the home Tuesday night where Wood was first found inside a vehicle near a Springfield home on East Stanford Street. Officers said the search resulted in evidence related to the case and evidence of foul play. They said the investigation is ongoing and multiple agencies are involved. The investigative efforts are focused on East Stanford street as far as recovering evidence from the potential crime. An 11am news conference is scheduled at the Public Safety Center in Springfield. Springfield police would not confirm whether or not a body has been found.
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