Northern California is still on high alert as they continue the manhunt for an intruder who apparently broke into a home in Valley Springs and killed 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Leila was discovered stabbed to death in her own home by her 12-year-old brother, after he says he found an intruder in their home. Authorities are on the lookout for a man fitting this description: "White or Hispanic male, with longer gray hair, six foot tall, muscular build, last seen wearing a black long sleeved shirt and blue pants."
There is still very little information of what happened but here are some updates.
1. Police have been collecting fingerprints and DNA from Leila's home.
2. Valley Springs is rural and hilly and it would be a difficult place to find someone who was hiding.
3. Leila's brother and she were apparently alone in the house when the incident happened. The brother is not considered a suspect but is being interviewed because he was the last person with Leila. Their parents were at a nearby public event at the time.
4. A local station reported that a neighbor also witnessed seeing a man running from the Fowler home.
5. Police are doing a house to house search, sometimes checking attics and storage spaces.
6. Police say they have a "substantial amount of evidence."
7. CNN reports that witnesses have given conflicting reports of what the intruder may have looked like, so they are not releasing a sketch.
According to a government child abduction and murder study, friends or acquaintances are just as likely to be the killer as a stranger. Did the person who did this know Leila and know when her parents wouldn't be home? It would have to have been someone familiar with the neighborhood and terrain.
Also, why would the killer stab her and leave without her? Did she fight back and he was unable to take her?
I'm sure more answers will come out within the next couple of days.
What do you think happened?
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