Craig Michael Wood, Springfield, Missouri (arrested Feb 2014) [kidnap, murder, child porn]

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    Craig Michael Wood, 45, teacher's aide and coach (football coach, assistant boys' basketball coach) at Pleasant View K-8 School (web: Pleasant View Elementary School, Pleasant View Middle School), Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri, "suspicion of murder"

    Ozarks First: Suspect in Girl's Murder a Coach at Pleasant View School (Feb 19 2014)

    Family member say the girls body was found overnight, although police had not yet confirmed that as of 8am. Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says Craig Michael Wood was arrested Tuesday night at a house in the 1500 block of E. Stanford, after officers got a tip.

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    Craig Michael Wood, Pleasant View K-8 School, Pleasant View Elementary School, Pleasant View Middle School, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri
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    News-Leader: Father of suspect in girl's abduction: 'He's my son, and he's in a lot of trouble.' -- Police believe girl initially tried to ignore suspect (Feb 19 2014)

    Craig Wood’s father, Jim Wood, didn’t know about the Amber alert on a 10-year-old girl who had been kidnapped Tuesday until he got home and found the police waiting for him. “I heard last night about 7:10 p.m.,” Jim Wood told the News-Leader in a short interview. “I was out all day. I had my cell phone off. I didn’t see the Amber alert.” Police were in the thick of an investigation of Jim’s son Craig, Jim’s truck, the missing girl ... Jim Wood said the truck belongs to him but Craig Wood, the oldest of his children, used it.
     
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    KSDK: Missouri kidnapping suspect was school district employee (Feb 19 2014)

    Police arrested Craig Michael Wood about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the truck believed to have been used in the abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, chief Paul Williams said Wednesday morning ... Wood was booked into the Greene County Jail Tuesday night on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to online jail records.
     
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    Fox News: Authorities 'confident' that body found is Missouri girl abducted from neighbor's yard (Feb 19 2014)

    Springfield police said they suspect 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood forced Hailey Owens into his vehicle as she was walking home around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Wood, an athletics coach at Pleasant View K-8 School, is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the girl's disappearance. Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announced Wednesday that "a young female body" was found inside the suspect's home ... Wood was arrested late Tuesday inside a vehicle parked outside his home, Williams said. Formal charges have not been filed. Witnesses told police that Hailey was taken by a man in a pickup truck Tuesday evening.
     
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    St. Louis Post Dispatch: School employee charged in abduction and murder of Springfield, Mo., girl (Feb 19 2014)

    A middle school football coach was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched off a street just blocks from her home in southwestern Missouri as several residents watched in horror.Craig Michael Wood, 45, also faces kidnapping and armed criminal action charges ... the girl had been shot in the head.

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    Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup drove down the street several times before abducting Hailey. Williams said the witnesses called 911 to report the truck’s license number. Resident Ricky Riggins told the Springfield News-Leader that he chased the fleeing pickup in his car after a neighbor tried to pull the girl away.
     
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    KMOV: School employee charged with murder of 10-year-old Springfield girl (Feb 19 2014)

    Witnesses told investigators a man in a gold-colored 2008 Ford Ranger drove down the 3200 block of W. Lombard St. several times before approaching Hailey just a couple blocks from her home around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police say she first ignored the man, but then walked up to the vehicle. That’s when Wood allegedly pulled her into his truck. "Our witnesses said it happened just that quick," Police Chief Paul Williams said. Neighbor Carlos Edwards told the Springfield News-Leader he ran after the truck as his wife tried to get the license plate number after seeing the abduction. Police say another witness got into a car and tried to pursue Wood’s vehicle, but lost track of it. Police say witness accounts helped them identify Wood as the suspect.
     
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    Kansas City Star: Picture Hailey Owens, not Craig Michael Wood [Opinion] (Feb 20 2014)

    Remembering of course that [Craig Michael] Wood has certainly not been convicted at this point, it’s still clear that some criminals relish the attention they receive while in custody. I know exactly why photos of the accused are so upsetting to many readers, even though the public also has a clear right to see images of those facing criminal charges. I will always remember one particular photo The Star ran years ago on Page A1 of an accused murderer who had spotted the photographer and smiled broadly — a gesture many readers interpreted as taunting her victim and society as a whole. It’s a valid criticism, regardless of how powerful the image was.

    An alternative often suggested: Illustrate crime stories primarily with photos of the victims, as they’re the ones who were involved against their own volition.
     
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    UPI: Accused child killer Craig Michael Wood to be arraigned by video (Feb 20 2014)

    The Springfield, Mo., man accused of kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens won't be at his arraignment in person on Friday, court officials said. Craig Michael Wood, 45, is scheduled to appear by video for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder, child kidnapping and armed criminal action, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Wood will remain in jail before and after arraignment after a judge agreed with a prosecutors' recommendation that the defendant be held without bond, the newspaper said.
     
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    USA Today: Friends: Accused killer of Mo. girl was gentle, quiet (Feb 20 2014)

    The acquaintances and friends speak of an elementary school teaching assistant, a coach of boys' sports and avid deer hunter [Craig Michael Wood] who never married or had children. He had no criminal past, save for a guilty plea in his early 20s to marijuana possession and a misdemeanor charge about a decade later to illegally killing a wild turkey. They also unanimously report no clues that the 45-year-old Springfield man would hurt anyone.
     
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    Christian Post: Hailey Owens' Body Found: Coach Craig Michael Wood Arrested for Murdering Missouri 10-Year-Old (VIDEO) (Feb 20 2014)

    Hailey Owens, the 10-year-old Springfield, Missouri girl who was considered missing after disappearing was reportedly found dead in the home of school coach Craig Michael Wood. Owens was reported missing Tuesday after vanishing while walking to her friend's house around 5 p.m. about a block away ... What is believed to be the 10-year-old's body was found in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in Wood's basement, according to the Associated Press. The floor still had bleach on it when authorities arrived. Wood was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action. The coach and fourth-grade student apparently didn't know each other ...
     
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    KSDK: Murder, kidnapping charges filed in death of Hailey Owens (Feb 20 2014)

    Charges have been filed against a 45-year-old man accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old Springfield, Mo. girl Tuesday. Craig Michael Wood of Ash Grove, Mo. is charged with first-degree murder, child kidnapping, and armed criminal action. He is being held without bond and could face the death penalty.

    According to the probable cause statement, a female witness saw Wood's Ford Ranger pull up to Hailey Owens and ask her where Springfield Street was. The witness said Hailey tried to walk away from the vehicle, but Wood opened the door of his truck and said "Hey, come here for a minute," extending his hand to her, and motioning for him to come to him. When the girl took a step closer to the truck, the witness said Wood grabbed her and "threw her into the truck 'like a rag doll.'" Wood is accused of then speeding away from the scene.
     
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    Scallywag and Vagabond: Craig Michael Wood child pornography found. Is he a pedophile? (Feb 21 2014)

    Authorities today told that they found child pornography at the house of Craig Michael Wood. The discovery comes after the discovery of the body of ten year old Springfield Missouri girl, Hailey Owens was found in the middle-school football coach’s basement in garbage bags, shortly after Wood was seen brazenly abducting the girl off the streets a few hours earlier.

    According to nbc, police warrants discovered a three binder containing pornographic photos of young children. Authorities also came to seize computers, cameras, 15 guns and 30 video recordings from the home.

    Upon discovering the body of Hailey Owens, authorities told she had incurred a gunshot wound to the head. She had also apparent ligature marks on her arms. It has not been revealed whether Craig Michael Wood sexually molested the girl or raped her or copulated over her. An autopsy is pending.
     
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    UK Daily Mail: Child porn found in the home of accused kidnapper and murderer as the school coach's lawyer says he'll plead not guilty (Feb 21 2014)
    • Police found child pornography, including videos and photographs and more than 12 guns at the home of Craig Michael Wood
    • Wood is accused of the kidnap and murder of Hailey Owens, 10
    • Officers also seized a hat believed to have been worn by Hailey Owens
    • Her body was found in Wood's basement, stuffed into trash bags with a bullet wound to the head
    • The basement was damp with bleach, apparently an effort to clean the crime scene
    • Wood's lawyer indicated Friday that he will plead not guilty
     
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    KMBC: Child porn found at home of Hailey Owens' accused killer: Three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of kids found (Feb 21 2014)

    A police search of the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in a 10-year-old girl's kidnapping and death found child pornography and more than a dozen guns, according to search warrants released Friday. Officers retrieved a three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of young children at the home of Craig Michael Wood, the documents released by Springfield police say. Investigators also seized computers, cameras, 30 video recordings, handwritten journals, a spent .22 caliber shell casing and a hat believed to have been worn by fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

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    Court records released earlier as well as the search warrants indicate her body was found in Wood's basement, stuffed into trash bags and plastic containers. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said Hailey was shot in the back of the head and had ligature marks on her wrists, suggesting she was tied up.

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    Assistant prosecutor Todd Myers challenged Wood's use of a public defender after he said police found evidence of a $1 million trust in Wood's name. The source of that income is not clear: Both Wood's father and an attorney representing the suspect's parents did not return telephone calls seeking comment on Friday.
     
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    NBC News: Child Pornography Found At Accused Missouri Killer's Home (Feb 21 2014)

    Authorities said they found child pornography at the Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused of abducting and murdering a 10-year-old girl. Police search warrants obtained by NBC News said authorities discovered a three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of young children at the southwest Missouri home of Craig Michael Wood, 45.
     
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    HLN TV: Cops: Missouri girl shot in head, body put in trash bags (Feb 21 2014)

    Officials said they noticed a strong odor of bleach coming from Wood’s basement during a safety sweep of his residence Tuesday night for Owens. When police obtained a search warrant Wednesday, crime scene technicians began processing the suspect’s home for clues. Two plastic storage totes stacked one on top of the other, covered with papers and documents, were subsequently found in the basement, police said. “In the bottom tote was what appeared to be the body of a small child,” authorities said in the probable cause statement. “The body was concealed inside two trash bags.” The child had a gunshot wound to the base of her skull as well as apparent ligature marks on her arms, the Green County Medical Examiner’s Office said, according to police. A spent .22 caliber shell casing was found in the basement, investigators said.
     
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    Ozarks First: Evidence in Hailey Owens Murder Outlined in Search Warrant (Feb 21 2014)

    The search warrant served on the house where 10-year old Hailey Owens' body was found, turned up guns, ammunition, a bullet casing, bleach and duct tape. That's according to the search warrant affidavit, filed late this morning at the Greene County Judicial Center. The affidavit - attached above - (warning: Graphic content) describes what Springfield police initially saw when they entered Craig Wood's home at 1538 E. Stanford early Wednesday morning, including the discovery of Hailey's body inside a plastic tub in the basement of the house. Officers said they saw things in the house, including the body in the tub, so they backed out of the house and applied for the search warrant.

    Among the items found in that search was a spent 22 caliber shell casing on the basement floor, evidence the basement had been cleaned with bleach, and more than a dozen guns with ammunition. The affidavit also describes a three-ring binder containing images of child pornography, along with several pieces of notebook paper with stories written on them.
     
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    Search Warrant Return, Inventory and Receipt for Property Taken (courtesy Ozarks First):

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