Murderer Of An 8-Year-Old Girl, Leila Fowler Is On The Loose In The Small California Town Of Valley Springs, Highlight Hollywood News

A hunt is underway overnight in the sleepy small California town of Valley Springs, where the brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl in her home has residents on guard, arming themselves with guns and keeping their kids out of school, as police say publicly, they have very few clues in the search for the murderer, in the small hillside town.  Police are saying Leila Fowler’s 12-year-old brother, who was home with his sister on Saturday, spotted an intruder, who ran out of the house. The boy then discovered his sister severely injured and phoned his parents, who were at a Little League game. The girl was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The county coroner says she died from multiple stab wounds. Friends say the third-grader had a heart-warming smile, loved the color purple and was a daddy’s girl. Fowler’s slaying has devastated the 10-square mile community of about 3,500 in Calaveras County, where residents typically keep their doors and windows open and the biggest newsmaker most years is the jumping frog contest written about by Mark Twain in 1865.LeliaFowler

“This is way too close to home,” Julia Poland, who has a 13-year-old daughter, told The Modesto Bee. “This kind of thing does not happen here.”
So far, police seem to have few leads.
The brother described a muscular white or Hispanic man in a black shirt and blue pants, about 6 feet tall, with long, gray hair. Another witness who saw a man running from the home offered a similar description.
Police, with help from dogs and volunteers, have searched houses, attics, crawl spaces, sheds, outbuildings and tall grass. Investigators also lifted fingerprints and DNA from the house (lab results should take about a week), and checked with local registered sex offenders and parolees.
A candlelight vigil was planned for Tuesday evening at Leila’s school, Jenny Lind Elementary.
The Tip Line is:  (209) 754-6030.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Fowler Family
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