Three bodies found on a farm have sparked an investigation in eastern Kansas. Authorities are looking into the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a rural property one day after friends of the residents called police to report a foul smell there.
Investigators from a nearby county were waiting to see if one of the bodies will turn out to be that of a suburban Kansas City mother who, along with her 18-month-old baby, has been missing since last week.
Two adult men and one woman were found on the farm West of Ottawa Monday, about 60 miles southwest of Kansas City.
"We have three homicides on a very large scene," said Sheriff Jeff Richards. The sheriff declined to release other details, including the victims' names or how they were killed.
The bodies were found by Kortni MicGill, Corey Schlotzhauer, and Shona Osladil, who went to the home Monday afternoon and found a dead body in the garage, covered in a tarp and weighted down with a cinder block.
"I reached down and saw teeth through the square in the cinder block. I said, 'Corey, there's a body here,'" McGill said.
McGill said she and Schlotzhauer had been to the property on Sunday to check on a friend who hadn't been heard from since April 25. When they arrived, they caught a horrible odor drifting from the south side of the home and called police.
Sherriff's deputies went into the home and came out 10 to 15 minutes later, reporting that they didn't find anything and that the smell was probably just trash. McGill said the deputies peeked inside a large garage on the opposite side of the house, where there was also a strong, awful smell, but waved it off as garbage and took off.
Worried about the resident's dog, McGill and Schlotzhauer returned to the home Monday with Osladil to feed the animal and check into the smells again.
The three had only been looking around the garage for 10 minutes, Osladil said, when they found the tarp. The tarp seemed to have been deliberately covered by a pile of junk that had been put there on purpose. It was then that McGill lifted the tarp and found the body.
The body found in the farm garage appeared to have decayed, McGill said, and there was a bag of baby clothes on top of the tarp. The group called 911 again.
Just outside the garage entrance, McGill said she saw a burn barrel containing baby clothes, a baby bottle and a girl's sleeping bag. There was also a pair of baby's socks on the ground that looked clean despite the recent rain.
Olathe Police Sgt. Brad Caldwell revealed Tuesday that Kaylie Bailey, 21, and her daughter Lana Bailey were last seen Wednesday, and were reported missing Friday.
According to McGill and Osladil, who had known Bailey her whole life, Bailey had been in a relationship with a man who lived in the home where the bodies were found, and had planned to drop her baby off there Wednesday.
"We are waiting for confirmation that it may or may not be Kaylie, and once we know, it will determind what direction we go from there," Caldwell said, explaining that the Olathe officers sent to the crime scene had returned to Johnson county.
Sheriff Richards acknowledged that deputies had been to the scene Sunday and found nothing, something that upset Osladil and the others who were present when the bodies were found.
"I'm very frustrated," she said. "Without us going out there how long would it have been before they found that body?"