Fatal stabbing of girl, 8, prompts NorCal manhunt: Leila Fowler stabbed in Valley Springs home

Fingerprints collected in slaying

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - Authorities have released the name of a young girl who died after being stabbed in her home in rural Northern California.

The county coroner identified the girl as 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Initially she was reported as being 9-years-old, but Coroner Kevin Raggio said Sunday she would have turned 9 in June.

Meanwhile, residents of the tiny community of Valley Springs in Calaveras County are being told to keep their doors locked as authorities continue to search for the little girl's killer.

 

Sheriff's officials say investigators have collected fingerprints and what they believe is DNA from the home where an 8-year-old Northern California girl was stabbed to death.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo tells the Modesto Bee authorities hope to have lab results on the evidence in a week.

Authorities have not identified a suspect in Saturday's stabbing death of Leila Fowler at her home in Valley Springs, a small town about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.

They say Leila was found by her brother after he encountered a male intruder at the home. Authorities have only released a vague description of the suspect.

Leila's killing sparked a massive weekend manhunt, with authorities conducting a door-to-door search for the suspect.

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