SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police have identified the man they arrested in connection with a child abduction Tuesday night and have asked for a multi-state Amber alert to be cancelled.
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.
According to Becky Kovar at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Amber Alert for Owens is "in the process of being canceled." Kovar said the directive to cancel the alert came from Springfield police.
A Springfield Public Schools employee database shows Craig M. Wood was hired in August 1998 as a paraprofessional for in-school suspension. A 2012-13 salary list published by the district shows he was still working in that role and made $17,220, as of last year
A current staff list on the Pleasant View Middle School website shows a Craig Wood working this year, as well.
Wood was booked into the Greene County Jail Tuesday night on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to online jail records. At 8:30 a.m., the Greene County Prosecutor's Office had not yet received a probable cause statement seeking charges against Wood.
Police found evidence of foul play at the scene, Williams said.
Williams declined to answer questions at a news conference this morning and did not provide information on the state of Owens.
City spokeswoman Cora Scott said about 8:15 a.m. that the search has not been called off. Scott said Owens' family has been given the same information that has been released publicly.
Williams said police efforts would be focused on the Stanford Street crime scene.
He expected more information to be available later this morning.
Owens was taken from a home on Lombard Street Tuesday night before 5 p.m. A multi-state Amber alert was issued about 7 p.m.
Police were back at the alleged crime scene at 1538 E. Stanford St. this morning. At least half a dozen officers could be seen working the site, putting up additional crime scene tape around a small single-story house.
According to online property records, Wood owned that Stanford Street home.
The gold-colored Ford Ranger pick-up allegedly used in the abduction is still parked in the driveway, the driver's door hanging open.
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