Man Charged in Owens Kidnapping and Death

| February 20, 2014
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An abducted Springfield girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead and her alleged captor has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Police say Craig Wood, 45, abducted Hailey Owens, 10, on Tuesday afternoon while the girl was walking to a friend’s home and then shot her to death. Police arrested Wood several hours later and found a body believed to be Owens in a plastic storage tote inside the Springfield home where Wood was staying. Wood has been an employee and coach in the Springfield Public Schools since 1998 and is suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case.

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