The people of Springfield will once again show their support for murder victim Hailey Owens’ family, as the 10-year-old is laid to rest Wednesday.
The case against Craig Wood could bring the death penalty.
The girl says two men in a white cargo van pulled up to her while she was riding her bike on Queensbridge Road Wednesday and the driver told her to get in the van.
“Obviously, we saturated the area with patrol and it’s unfortunate but a lot of folks are getting stopped, you know, just to see if we have a description matching.”
28-year-old Rachel Koechner and 4-year-old Zoee Sandner were found safe by authorities late Monday evening.
Jeffrey Dean Shelton is charged with child kidnapping and other crimes for allegedly abducting the girl from her home Wednesday.
Abigail Berthoff was reportedly taken from a couch in the living room of her home around 6:50 this morning.
“This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy,” the Ripken family said in a statement.
Former abductee Elizabeth Smart hosts “Taken”, which airs at 9 p.m. St. Louis time.
The girl was reportedly taken by her father, who has a history of assault.