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Stabbing of an 8-year-old girl begins manhunt in California

Leila Fowler, a third-grader at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs. Image via Modesto Bee.

Leila Fowler, a third-grader at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs. Image via Modesto Bee.

Leila Fowler’s 12-year-old brother found her on Saturday evening, and her attacker fled the scene after stabbing the 8-year-old girl to death according to a report by the Associated Press.

Officials say investigators have collected fingerprints and DNA and have been searching for the 6-foot-tall assailant who still remains unidentified. Authorities conducted door-to-door searches over the weekend and on Monday bus stops and schools were guarded by deputies.

“This is way too close to home,” Julia Poland, who took her 13-year-old daughter to an afternoon news conference on the search, told the Modesto Bee. “This kind of thing does not happen here.”

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