Body Likely Missing Girl’s, Suspect ID’d

thumb_a6a362f74e0fdd1Police in Springfield confirm a body discovered early this morning is likely that of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, who was abducted near her home Tuesday evening.

Arrested and facing possible first-degree murder charges is 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood, who reportedly works as a paraprofessional and athletic coach at Springfield Pleasant View Elementary School. Wood was arrested around midnight last night inside a pickup truck that was described by police in an Amber Alert.

Neighbors witnessed Hailey being abducted by a stranger just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. The girl was reportedly walking home from a friend’s house 2 blocks away.

The superintendent of Springfield Schools has already announced a memorial candlelight march in Hailey’s honor Saturday night at 8 on Commercial Street.


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