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OTTAWA COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigations are blaming each other as to why no Amber Alert has been issued for the daughter of a murdered woman.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has rejected Franklin County’s request for an Amber Alert to be issued for 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey.

An agency spokesman said KBI would have issued one on Monday during those crucial hours after the three bodies were found, but said it’s too late to do so now.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards contends that the case did not meet the Amber Alert criteria on Monday, but should now. He said he is doing everything he can to get KBI to issue an Amber Alert.

The two agencies also disagree over whether a man is in custody in connection with the slaying of Lana-Leigh’s mother and two other men. In a news release, KBI said a suspect is in custody while Richards repeatedly said a person of interest is being questioned but no one is in custody in connection with the slaying.

Those found dead this week are Kaylie Bailey, 21, her boyfriend, Andrew Stout, 30, and his roommate, Steven Eugene White, 31.

Kaylie Bailey and her daughter were last seen on May 1 when they were en route to Stout’s farm. He was supposed to watch the child while Kaylie Bailey went on to work, but she never showed up. Her father filed a missing person’s report for his daughter and granddaughter on Sunday with Olathe police.

Because the mother’s status was unknown, Olathe police did not issue an Amber Alert.

Lana-Leigh is 2′ tall and weighs about 30 pounds. She has light brown hair and blue eyes. The toddler and her mother were last seen en route to the farmhouse in a Corolla, which has Kansas license plate 618DAA with a tag on front saying “Shawna’s toy” and duct tape on passenger side mirror.

Friends of Stout said authorities came to Stout’s farmhouse on Sunday, but didn’t do a detailed search and failed to find the bodies.

Three friends had gone to his farmhouse on Monday to feed the missing man’s pets. That’s when they smelled a horrible odor and began to explore. In a shed, they discovered a body, which the friends told KCTV5 they recognized as that of Kaylie Bailey. One woman described in vivid details seeing the person’s face and eyes.

More than 40 detectives converged on the property and eventually found the two men’s bodies over the course of Monday night and Tuesday morning. A search did not turn up Kaylie Bailey’s daughter.

Even though the friends said they recognized Kaylie Bailey’s body, Richards said that wasn’t enough to say that it was her. He said that authorities could not say that was positively Kaylie Bailey until an autopsy and other tests were completed, which occurred sometime Wednesday before 1 p.m.

Richards repeatedly insisted Wednesday that Lana-Leigh’s disappearance did not qualify as an Amber Alert until her mother’s remains were identified.

But Kyle G. Smith, assistant attorney general for KBI, disagreed. He maintains that KBI would have issued an Amber Alert on Monday if asked.

“If we had received that request on Monday, yes, we would have absolutely done an Amber Alert,” Smith said.

But it’s too late now for an Amber Alert to be effective, he said.

“It’s for immediate alerts, those crucial first hours after a child has been kidnapped,” Smith said. “It just did not seem to fit the criteria.”

KBI has asked for help from the public and the media in locating Lana-Leigh.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office faxed over a request for an Amber Alert at 3:43 p.m. Richards did not explain why this wasn’t done sooner since Kaylie Bailey’s family was told about her death by 1 p.m. Thursday.

KBI issued a request for assistance at 3:57 p.m.

The following statement was issued by KBI:

“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.”

One difference is if an Amber Alert is issued then news outlets run a crawl and the child’s picture on their screens, the alert is placed on highway signs and it’s shared across the country.

KCTV5 is running the crawl as if an Amber Alert had been issued in an effort to do everything possible to get the information out and Lana home to her family.

 

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America’s Missing Children’s Fund and Good Charity, Inc raise money so that incidents like this one never happen again. Ariel Castro kept 3 women locked in his house for nearly 10 years. If America had a truly effective and comprehensive system for tracking missing and exploited children they would have never slipped through the cracks.

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ChecklistIn the article below, America’s Missing Children’s Fund has outlined a few immediate steps people should take if their child becomes missing. 

The first forty-eight hours of a child’s disappearance are absolutely critical.

The action that is taken within that time frame can make all the difference in terms of the child being safely returned to his or her parents. As such, it is absolutely vital that you act swiftly and without hesitation.

In this article we cover the immediate steps you should take if you discover that your child is missing. Read them thoroughly then take action.

1. Stay Calm

As a parent, your role in the search for your child is key. Do not underestimate the influence you can have on the search — to an extent you will act as a fulcrum.

With that in mind, the first thing you must do is put yourself in the right state of mind to tackle the tasks ahead. The next few hours or days are likely to be highly stressful, but your child is best served by you ensuring that you are focused on what needs to be done. Your ability to work diligently in aiding law enforcement and other agencies to assist in the search for your child will be key.

Make sure that you have a network of caring and helpful friends and family around you to help you — do not take this journey alone.

2. Contact Local Law Enforcement

Do not be hesitant in contacting local law enforcement immediately after discovering the disappearance of your child. Be prepared to give the following information (and probably more) about your child:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Clothing
  • Distinguishing marks (e.g. birthmarks, scars, tattoos, piercings)

Ask for the name and telephone number of the law enforcement investigator assigned to your case. Also ask them to enter your child into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons file (there is no waiting period for children under the age of 18). Furthermore, request that they put out a Be On the Look (BOLO) bulletin and explore the possibility of involving the FBI in the search.

3. Get Wider Help

Once you have answered law enforcement’s initial questions, cast the net wider.

Spread the word to absolutely anyone (family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and so on) that you can think of. Contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to ask for assistance with the search and for the contact details of any other organizations that may be able to help. They should also be able to assist you in approaching the media.

The key is to involve as many people and organizations in the search as possible. Make copies of clear photographs of your child (both in color and black and white) and distribute them through all channels.

There is Much More To Do

Above are the three steps we suggest you take immediately, but there is much more that you should do.

For further information we recommend that you consult When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, an exhaustive report written and published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It offers a wealth of advice covering everything from photo and flyer distribution to personal and family considerations.

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This report was prepared on behalf of America’s Missing Children’s Fund and Good Charity Inc. director Brian J Maiorana.

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1993. Petaluma, California. Recently paroled burglar and kidnapper Richard Allen Davis enters a home wielding a large knife,  he is targeting a slumber party of 12 year old girls. After tying all the girls up and placing pillowcases over their heads, Davis kidnaps and leaves the home with one of them, a girl named Polly Klaas.  Two months later her body was finally found.

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The abduction of a child is one of the most horrific crimes that can occur, and while Polly’s story did not have a happy ending, her kidnapping helped galvanize the creation and deployment of a new class of investigative tools in the search for missing children in America-bringing many happy endings for other families.

Digital missing child posters were used and mass produced for the first time in Polly’s case, and the internet also saw its first use as an informational and communications tool. Over 4 thousand volunteers worked in the search to find Polly, and as they did pleas for help from the parents of many other missing children flooded the volunteer center.

Realizing the need for general adaptation of the new search techniques pioneered in Polly’s case and searching for meaning in their daughter’s murder, the Klaas family created the Polly Klaas Foundation to help other families find their missing children.  In a nationwide effort led by the Polly Klaas Foundation the now familiar “Amber Alert” system was created in 1996 to find missing children.

Good Charity, Inc. scours the country for the most effective charity groups, and we are confident that  the Polly Klaas foundation continues to be one of the most important resources in the search for missing kids, continuing to organize and supply volunteers, technology, and information all around the United States. America’s Missing Children Fund is proud to financially support the Polly Klaas Foundation; there is nothing more important than protecting the children of America.

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Two thousand children are reported missing in the U.S. every day. While most of them are back home within 24 hours, some are not. These are America’s lost kids. America’s Missing Children Fund is dedicated to helping find them. In our quest to find the most effective charities to support, we came across one of the country’s oldest and most respected organizations in its field, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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On June 13, 1984, The Center was opened by President Ronald Reagan in a White House Ceremony. Since then, the center’s hotline (1-800-The-Lost) has become one of the greatest assets for finding missing children, and its work is officially sanctioned by 19 Federal Congressional mandates.

As of 2009, The Center had assisted law enforcement in finding over 172,000 thousand missing children, its CyberTipline had received over 1.3 million tips alleging sexual abuse against children, and trained nearly 300,000 police and prosecutors.

In 1984 law enforcement had tools for tracking stolen cars, missing racehorses, and illegal guns, but not for finding missing children.  Since the creation of The Center for Missing and Exploited Children 29 years ago, law enforcement  is better trained, and responds more swiftly and effectively to reports of missing and exploited kids in America.

Good Charity, Inc., America’s Missing Children Fund and director Brian Maiorana are proud to support The Center for Missing and Exploited Children in their mission to protect this nation’s children against predators and to re-unite missing kids with their families.

 

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