Sheriff: Intruder Intent on Attacking Northern California Girl - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Sheriff: Intruder Intent on Attacking Northern California Girl

Posted: Updated:

Authorities in Northern California say the slaying of an 8-year-old girl at her home does not appear to have stemmed from a botched robbery or other crime gone wrong.
 
According to the Modesto Bee, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said it appears the unknown intruder intended to attack Leila Fowler.
 
Kuntz spoke at a hastily called news conference on Monday night.
 
Authorities say Leila was found fatally stabbed on Saturday at her home in the rural community of Valley Springs by her 12-year-old brother, who told investigators he encountered the male suspect.
 
Investigators have released a vague description of the man but are still trying to determine his identity.

Authorities have interviewed and photographed a number of sex offenders who live in the area. They are testing DNA evidence which the Justice Department and attorney general's office have offered to expedite. "We are doing everything possible to apprehend the person responsible for the murder of this eight-year-old girl," says Kuntz.

Leila's death sparked a massive manhunt that put the community on lockdown.  

In an online post, Leila's mother said her family is devastated by the loss.

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:56 GMT
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
  • Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Reno Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:58:19 GMT
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
    Multiple agencies are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in front of a Reno casino Sunday evening. More >>
  • Aces Win to Force Winner Take All Game on Labor Day

    Aces Win to Force Winner Take All Game on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:09 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:09:23 GMT
    The Reno Aces used a pair of home runs and a dominant relief performance by Bo Schultz to grab a decisive 7-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats Sunday night at Raley Field.More >>
    The Reno Aces used a pair of home runs and a dominant relief performance by Bo Schultz to grab a decisive 7-3 win over the Sacramento River Cats Sunday night at Raley Field.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.