18-month-old Lana Bailey was reported missing Friday, May 3. Her mother was found dead days later, and Lana's whereabouts are still unknown. So why was a request to issue an Amber Alert for Lana denied?
According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the request came too late.
Lana was last seen with her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, on May 1 at a home on a farm near Ottawa, Kan. When Kaylie didn't show up for work, her grandfather in Olathe reported both she and Lana missing two days later.
Kaylie's body was found in a barn at the farm this week, along with two others: 30-year-old Andrew Stout and 31-year-old Steven White. Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.
Kaylie was identified as one of the victims on Wednesday. The Franklin County Sheriff's office requested an Amber Alert be issued for Lana at 3:43 p.m. that afternoon -- five days after she was reported missing in Olathe.
The KBI denied the request, citing the following reasons in a news release:
- The media had been actively following the case for several days now and the information, including pictures of the missing child, have been widely circulated.
- Utilizing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at this point to interrupt broadcasts by the media would not enhance coverage and be an improper taking of private property given the delayed request.