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Kyle Flack, 27, has been arrested on suspicion of the first-degree murders of three, possibly four, people in Ottawa, Kansas. Police confirmed that Flack is the main suspect in the deaths of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout, and Steve White, and police also said they have reason to believe that Bailey's 18-month-old daughter Lana is dead as well.
"Based on information developed overnight, we believe Lana is presumed to be a victim of homicide," Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said at a press conference. "This is a very large crime scene. It can be hard sometimes to find an adult on a farmstead, so you can imagine this search for a small child will continue to be very difficult."
Flack was brought in for questioning on Wednesday and named a "person of interest" in the case. He was released on parole in 2009 after serving four years for the attempted murder of Steven Dale Free. According to reports, Free was shot five times, and Flack simply walked away.
"He was pretty messed up in the head," Free's sister, Stephanie Ingram, told Journal-World. "His own mother was scared of him."
Police, along with several other agencies, are working to determine how Flack knew the victims. They have not released any motive nor any specifics of the case.
"We are following up on every lead," Richards said. "I don't want to give out any information that might impede the investigation."
"We are still gathering all kinds of information," Franklin County attorney Stephen Hunting said. "We're not prepared to say one way or the other yet [whether Franklin County will seek the death penalty] because we have a tremendous amount of information still coming in."
"That is not a determination that we want to make until [we have] all the facts and information that we believe are a part of the investigation … We'll need to have [formal charges against Flack] on file in 48 hours," Hunting explained.
"We're all supporting each other, and that's the most important thing," Kaylie Bailey's sister told the Journal-World. "We've had a lot of outreach from friends and family, which we appreciate."