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Monday
Apr292013

Girl's Fatal Stabbing Prompts Manhunt in California

Comstock/Thinkstock(VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif.) -- A manhunt is underway in Northern California after an 8-year-old girl was found stabbed to death after an apparent home invasion.

Residents in Valley Springs, Calif., a town 60 miles southeast of Sacramento, were warned to lock their doors and be on high alert for any suspicious activity after the stabbing on Saturday.

The victim was identified on Sunday as Leila Fowler, Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio told ABC News.

Raggio confirmed Fowler had been stabbed, but declined to elaborate regarding her injuries.

On Saturday, Fowler and her 12-year-old brother were home alone in separate rooms when the boy told police an intruder entered the home, ABC News’ Sacramento affiliate KXTV reported.

The 12-year-old called his parents, who alerted sheriff’s deputies.  However, after the intruder fled, the boy found his 8-year-old sister with severe injuries, according to KXTV.  She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching the area for the suspect on Sunday.  Authorities said the man, who is described as 6-feet-tall with a muscular build, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities are also asking for any information on anyone who may have left town unexpectedly after the crime or has unexplained injuries, according to an alert on the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office website.

Anyone with information is asked to contact a tip line at 209-754-6030.

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