- Sunday April 28th, 2013 :: 10:30 a.m. PDT
Update #4 to Homicide Investigation Involving Child Victim in Valley Springs
Update: 20:47 pm
The search for a suspect in this case has continued overnight and through the day today. Overnight Sheriff’s Detectives and members of the California DOJ Bureau of Forensic Services executed a Search Warrant at the home where the homicide occurred. Evidence was collected at the scene including fingerprints and what investigators believe is DNA. At this same time Detectives were conducting follow up interviews with witnesses and family members.
Members of the Calaveras County Search & Rescue Team assisted in an area search for evidence. Also at this same time, teams comprised of both uniform and plain clothes deputies, officers and agents were conducting wide spread searches and following up on in progress tips and leads.
There is no specific suspect at this time.
There have been in excess of 100 members of the law enforcement community working on this case.
The Sheriff’s Office has been in touch with the local school district. We have notified the district about this case and the circumstances surrounding the reports.
The Sheriff’s Office will have an increased and very visible presence at both school bus stops and the local schools on Monday April 29th.
The victim in this case is Leila Fowler who was 8 years old. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow Monday April 29, 2013.
The family in this case has asked that if anyone has any information to please come forward. End of Update.
The Calaveras County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the homicide of a nine year old child at a residence on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, CA. Multiple law enforcement agencies are still searching the area for a suspect described as a White or Hispanic male approx. six foot tall, muscular build, last seen wearing a black long sleeved shirt and blue pants. This suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
If you see someone in the area matching the suspect’s description, report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Office and call 9-1-1.
This is still an active investigation.
An area search of Valley Springs continued throughout the night and into Sunday.
Investigators are continuing to interview several people. There are no suspects in custody.
Investigators would like any information relating to subjects who may have unexplained injuries or who have left town unexpectedly after the crime was reported.
A 24 hour Tip Line has been set up to answer calls regarding this case. The phone number is (209) 754-6030.
Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
891 Mountain Ranch Rd
San Andreas, CA 95249