WICHITA - The KBI is asking for assistance from the media and the public in an effort to locate a missing child.
Lana-Leigh Bailey, an 18 month old female toddler, 2 feet tall, 30 lbs., with light brown hair, blue eyes, was last seen on May 1st in Olathe, Kansas on her way to rural Franklin county with her mother, Kaylie Bailey, in black 2007 Toyota 4 door Corolla bearing Kansas Tag 618DAA, with a tag on front saying ‘Shawna’s toy’ and duct tape on passenger side mirror.
Franklin county authorities today made a positive identification that one of three bodies found at 3197 Georgia Road, rural Ottawa Kansas residence was Kaylie Bailey.
A suspect is in custody and Kaylie’s vehicle has been recovered in Emporia, Kansas but the child is still missing.
If you have any information on the location of Lana Bailey or have seen the vehicle, please call 911 or 888 311-8477 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-KS CRIME.
The KBI received the request for an AMBER alert by fax at 3:43 p.m. on May 8th, 2013 from the Franklin county Sheriff’s office. The media release was prepared and issued at 3:57 p.m., approximately 14 minutes later.
A full AMBER alert was not issued primarily for two reasons:
• The media had been actively following the case for several days now and the information, including pictures of the missing child, have been widely circulated.
• Utilizing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at this point to interrupt broadcasts by the media would not enhance coverage and be an improper taking of private property given the delayed request.
Other than not utilizing the EAS system to interrupt broadcasts, all aspects of an AMBER alert are being utilized.