Neighbors unable to stop Missouri girl's abduction

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS Neighbors watched in horror as a 10-year-old southwest Missouri girl was snatched off the street just blocks from her home.

Now authorities in Springfield believe they've found the girl's body, and prosecutors have charged a local seventh-grade football coach with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action.

In filing the charges Wednesday, prosecutors allege that 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood abducted Hailey Owens on Tuesday as she walked home from a friend's house.

A probable cause statement says the fourth-grader's body was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in the basement of Wood's home. Prosecutors say she was shot in the head.

Wood also worked as a teacher's aide at a Springfield Middle School. Police say he and Hailey apparently didn't know each other.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email: newscenter16@wndu.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 246312081 - wndu.com/a?a=246312081