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Missing Child Presumed Dead; Triple Homicide Suspect Arrested

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The Lawrence Journal-World and the Kansas City Star newspapers are reporting that Franklin County officials believe missing toddler Lana Bailey is dead. However, law enforcement officials say they will continue the search for the child. The 18-month-old's mother and two men were killed at a house in rural Ottawa. A suspect in the case has now been arrested. Kyle T. Flack, 27, of Ottawa, who had been held for questioning since Wednesday, was booked into Franklin County Jail this (THUR) morning on suspicion of first-degree murder. Flack was taken in for questioning as a "person of interest" in the case. The nature of his relationship with the victims is still unclear. Flack served four years in prison for the 2005 shooting of Ottawa resident Steven Dale Free. Flack was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and was paroled in 2009. Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said his office has yet to determine what charges to file against Flack. Eighteen-month-old Lana Bailey was last seen alive on April 28, but was reported missing along with her mother on May 3. The Kansas City Star reports that a mounted search and rescue team from Johnson County is helping with the search effort, and that the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children has sent representatives to assist.

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