Calaveras County authorities are searching today for a man presumed armed and dangerous in connection with Saturday's murder of an 8-year-old girl in a Valley Springs home.
Sheriff's deputies, partnering with other law enforcement, are gathering evidence at the scene and plan a press conference at 3 p.m. to update the public on the case.
Residents in the surrounding area were told to lock their doors while officers investigate the homicide at a home on rural Rippon Road. Calaveras County sheriff's deputy Jim Macedo told news outlets that a quarter-mile perimeter has been set up around the house, and officers are going door to door searching for the suspected killer.
Authorities are searching in house attics and storage areas, Macedo said.
The sheriff's department responded to emergency calls around noon on Saturday, and arrived at the home to find the girl suffering from multiple stab wounds. Deputies said the girl's 12-year-old brother had arrived earlier to find an intruder in the home.
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 today she would have turned 9 in June.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male about 6 feet tall, with a muscular build, last seen wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt and blue pants. Authorities are urging anyone who sees someone matching the description to call 9-1-1.
About 2,500 people live in Valley Springs, an unincorporated area 60 miles from Sacramento.