OTTAWA, KS - A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found at a rural farm home in eastern Kansas, authorities said Thursday.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards said at a news conference that the 18-month-old daughter of one of the victims is "presumed dead" although her body has not been found.
The bodies of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White were discovered at the farmhouse in Ottawa earlier this week. Authorities have not provided a cause of death.
The suspect was located in Emporia, about 50 miles southwest of Ottawa, Richards said. He is being held at the Franklin County jail on a first-degree murder charge but has yet to be formally charged, according to Richards and Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting. The suspect does not have an attorney.
The first body was found in the farm's garage Monday by friends of Stout's, who investigated the property after not hearing from Stout for several days. They called police after finding Bailey's body in the garage under a tarp. Authorities then launched a full search and found the other two bodies. Bailey's daughter, Lana, was nowhere to be found.
Cadaver dogs searched the vast rural property on Tuesday, but recovered no other bodies.