Suspect Charged in Death of Kidnapped Springfield Girl

Published 02/19 2014 06:04PM

Updated 02/19 2014 11:01PM

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) The suspect arrested in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old Springfield girl has now been charged.

Greene County prosecutors charged Craig Michael Wood, 45, with murder, child kidnapping and armed criminal action Wednesday.

The charges come hours after the body of 10-year-old Hailey Owens was found inside his home.

Owens disappeared while walking near her home on Tuesday.

Witnesses told police that Hailey was taken by a man in a pickup truck. The abduction prompted an Amber Alert.

Wood was a coach and teacher's aide in the Springfield School District. He has been suspended.

Police say the two apparently did not know each other.

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