Missouri school coach charged with murder of 10-year-old girl

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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 7:24 PM

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri prosecutor on Wednesday charged an elementary school coach with first degree murder in connection with the death of a 10-year-old girl who had gone missing, hours after authorities said they recovered her body at his home.

Craig Michael Wood, 45, was charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the abduction of Hailey Owens.

Police said Owens was seen by witnesses being pulled into a pickup truck against her will on Tuesday, triggering a multi-state hunt for the girl.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Paul Thomasch)