Police Have ‘Evidence’ in Case of Girl Stabbed in Her Own Home (VIDEO)

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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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nonmember avatar blue

First, saying the boy isn't a suspect means nothing. Police say that all the time, so as not to reveal the investigation. I don't think it was an intruder. I would not be surprised to have that announced, once the dna and fingerprints come back. Something is just not right here. The "intruder" would kill the girl...a witness... and leave another witness? (The boy has said they didn't know the intruder.) A crazy man who stabs a girl to death, would run from a 12 year old? I just really think they aren't releasing much, because it will be very close to home with this one. Man, do I hope I'm wrong.

vball... vbally101

I hope you're wrong too, but that would be the logical explanation... sadly. :(

nonmember avatar Bob

My first thought when this happened was that a sex offender did this to shut the child up. There is a local sex offender that comes pretty close to this description and he lives just around the corner from the crime scene. Just a thought.

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