NEIGHBORS UNABLE TO STOP ABDUCTION OF HAILEY OWENS, 10-YEAR-OLD MISSOURI GIRL
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Craig Michael Wood, a 45 year old middle school football coach and teacher's aide, wascharged Wednesday, February 19, 2014, with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminalaction in the death of 10 year old Hailey Owens. A body believed to be that of Hailey wasfound Wednesday at the home owned by Wood. Neighbors watched in horror as Hailey was snatchedoff the street just blocks from her home. Some had spotted a man in a gold Ford Ranger pickuptruck driving down the road in Springfield several times before the driver took off with thegirl. A neighbor was in her garage with her husband when they saw a pickup truck approach thegirl, who was holding a cellphone. She said the driver asked the girl for directions beforehe grabbed her with one hand and threw her into the truck like a rag doll. Another residentchased the fleeing pickup in his car after a neighbor tried to pull the girl away but couldn't keepup. Hailey was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in thebasement of Wood's home. She had been shot in the head. The basement floor was stilldamp from bleach.