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Osage County deputy honored for locating missing homicide victim

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards, right, presents a meritorious service award to Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker, Monday. Standing left is Osage County Commissioner Carl Meyer, and back, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy was honored Monday morning with an award recognizing his meritorious service in locating the youngest victim in a quadruple homicide that happened in Franklin County in early May.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards presented the award to Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker during a special ceremony held in the second floor hallway of the Osage County Courthouse.

Speaking to a crowd gathered in the courthouse for the ceremony, Richards read a citation that accompanied the Franklin County Meritorious Service Award. He noted Reker’s initiative in searching for and locating 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey, who was missing but presumed to be a fourth victim of the homicide case.

The young girl’s mother, Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31, were found killed May 6 at Stout’s farm near Pomona.

“As a result of dedication and professionalism of all involved, an arrest was made on May 9,” Richards said, referring to the arrest of Kyle Flack, 27, who was charged in Franklin County District Court May 10 with two counts of capital murder, four counts of first degree murder, one count of rape, and one count of criminal possession of a firearm.

Richards said at the time of the arrest, three of the identified victims had been found, but Lana-Leigh had not been located.

“Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker was aware of the investigation that was being conducted in nearby Franklin County,” Richards said. “Knowing the search for the missing child continued, on May 11, 2013, Deputy Reker used his knowledge of his county to begin searching within his patrol area.

“As a result of his initiative, Deputy Reker located some items he determined to be connected to the missing victim,” Richards said. “This discovery led to recovery of evidence and the missing victim. This recovery was vital to our investigation.”

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn told about Reker’s actions that led to the discovery of the young victim.

“On May 11, 2013, while checking the ditches and bridges, Deputy Reker found items that led him to believe he might have found something connected to the Franklin County case,” Dunn said. “Upon further investigation, Deputy Reker had discovered the body of Lana Bailey, the missing child from the Franklin County homicide scene.

“On May 10th and 11th of this year, Deputy Blake Reker went beyond his duties as deputy sheriff of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office,” she said.

Dunn said Reker’s actions not only assisted the investigation, but also helped Lana-Leigh’s family, who did not know her whereabouts.

“Deputy Reker brought closure to a family that had suffered great loss,” she said.

Before thanking Reker for his actions, Richards said, “The devotion and accomplishment of Deputy Blake Reker bring great credit upon himself, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement community.”

Flack is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $10 million bond. Ronald F. Evans, an attorney with the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, has entered an appearance as Flack’s counsel. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced May 17 that his office had assumed the lead on the prosecution team in the case. The next hearing in the case, a status hearing, is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. July 8 in Franklin County District Court.

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