February 18, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Suspect and vehicle located, abducted girl remains missing

school photo of hailey owens, ten year old girlSpringfield Police have located the suspect vehicle in a child abduction case and booked a suspect on kidnapping charges. The vehicle was found with the male suspect inside, at a residence in south Springfield. Hailey Owens remains missing.

A command post has been set up at National and Bennett and 30-40 officers have begun an extensive search that will continue throughout the night, or until she is found.

If she still remains missing in the morning, SPD will host a news briefing at 6:30 a.m. in the Springfield Art Museum parking lot, 1111 E. Brookside Dr.

Background

At 4:48 p.m. today, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a child abduction call at 3247 W. Lombard. Hailey Owens (8-18-03) was approached by an unknown suspect and then pulled into his vehicle.

Hailey Owens

Description: Hailey's ears are pierced. Last seen wearing blue jean shorts and purple sandals. Hailey is skinny with sandy blonde hair and wearing jean shorts.

If you have any information on Hailey's whereabouts, please call 911.

There is NO additional information at this time. If there's any new information before dawn, we will issue another news release and update social media.

Media Contacts:

Lisa Cox, SPD Public Affairs Officer
O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301

Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement
O: 864-1009 | C: 380-3352

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd