Kansas City Sheriff Jeff Richards said at a news conference Monday that authorities are investigating the rural property in Ottawa, Kansas, about 60 miles southwest of Kansas City. They are trying to determine if one of the bodies is 24-year-old Kaylie Bailey.
Kaylie and her 18-month-old daughter Lana were last seen Wednesday, and were reported missing Friday in Olathe, Kansas.
Police have not released details as to the victim’s identities or how they were killed. “We have three homicides on a very large scene,” Richards said.
Kortni McGill, of Ottawa, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she and two friends, Corey Schlotzhauer and Shona Osladil, went to check on the property. McGill and Osladil knew Bailey, and said she had a relationship with a man who lived in the home and had planned to drop her baby off there Wednesday.
McGill said when they got to the farm they smelled a foul odor coming from the south side of the home and alerted the authorities. She reports that sheriff’s deputies went into the home and came out 10 to 15 minutes later, saying they didn’t find anything and the smell “was probably trash.” She said the deputies looked in a large garage on the property where there was also a strong, foul smell, but dismissed that smell as garbage also.
McGill and Schlotzhauer returned to the home Monday with Osladil to feed the resident’s dog and investigate the strong smells again. Osladil said the three found a body under a tarp in the garage. McGill said the body appeared to have decayed and that they saw a bag of baby clothes on top of the tarp. Again, they called 911.
McGill contends that she saw baby clothes, a baby’s bottle, and a girl’s sleeping bag just outside the garage entrance. Olathe police had provided the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department with an address to check Friday, but authorities declined to say whether it was the same address where the bodies were found. Olathe Police Sergeant Brad Caldwell said, “We are waiting for confirmation that it may or may not be Kaylie, and once we know, it will determine what direction we go from there.”
Osladil said she was upset with the way authorities handled the matter. “I’m very frustrated,” she said. “Without us going out there how long would it have been before they found that body?”