The Springfield Public Schools superintendent released a statement this morning that the man responsible for 10-year-old Hailey Owens’ abduction was an employee of the school district she attended.
As of 10:30 central time this morning, police have not said whether Owens has been located or whether she is alive, although online documents related to Wood’s arrest indicate he is suspected of first-degree murder.
Here is the full statement from the school district regarding Owens’ abduction:
|“Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder offers support to those impacted by the tragedy.
Last night we learned the terrible news that one of our students had been abducted near her home. This morning, our sadness is compounded by the recent developments in the case of Hailey Owens’ abduction.
Hailey is a student at Westport Elementary School and last year she attended Bowerman Elementary School.
I offer my support to Hailey’s family and to our SPS community. Students and staff at three of our schools are coping with this situation. To support these school communities directly impacted by this tragedy, I have assigned additional counseling staff and school police officers to be on hand until further notice.
We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials as their investigation continues. Because this is an ongoing investigation, I will not be making any further comments about the situation at this time.”
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