Suspect in custody, abducted girl still missing

Ponca City Now - February 19, 2014 6:36 am

Police have a suspect in custody in the abduction of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri, but the girl remains missing.

Amber Alerts were issued late Tuesday in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma for Hailey Owens.

Police say she was abducted around 5 p.m. in Springfield, about 160 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Springfield police released a statement just before midnight Wednesday saying dozens of officers were still searching for Hailey Owens, but that a man had been taken into custody on kidnapping charges.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been released.

Police say he was found inside a vehicle at a local home.

Witnesses told investigators a man in a gold-colored 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the street several times before approaching Hailey and pulling her into his truck around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbor Carlos Edwards tells the Springfield News-Leader that he ran after the truck as his wife tried to get the license plate number after seeing the abduction.

Hailey is 5’2, about 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing jean shorts and purple sandals.


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