Investigators are still processing the crime scene on Rippon Road in Valley Springs while multiple surrounding agencies assist the Sheriff’s Office continuing an area search of the neighborhood and following up on tips from the public.According to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department, the child was killed Saturday at a home on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, a quiet town of about 3,500 people located 10 miles east of San Andreas.
The girl’s 12-year-old brother was also in the home at the time. He called his parents to say that there was an intruder in the house. They then called 911, according to Fox 40. Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from neighboring counties, as well as California Highway Patrol officers and members of the California Department of Justice, were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home.
According to KCRA-TV says the victim’s brother encountered an intruder in his home and saw the man run away, according to The Associated Press The boy went to check on his sister and found she had been stabbed. The suspect is described as roughly 6 feet tall with a muscular build, and last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with blue pants.
Authorities said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see someone in the area matching the suspect’s description, report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Office and call 9-1-1. This is still an active investigation. An area search of Valley Springs continued throughout the night and into Sunday.
Investigators are continuing to interview several people. There are no suspects in custody.
Investigators would like any information relating to subjects who may have unexplained injuries or who have left town unexpectedly after the crime was reported.
A 24 hour Tip Line has been set up to answer calls regarding this case. The phone number is (209) 754-6030.
Valley Springs is a community of about 2,500 people in an unincorporated area of Calaveras County, known as “Gold Country,” in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.
Authorities spent Saturday night and into Sunday conducting a door-to-door sweep of homes scattered across hilly terrain, checking storage sheds and horse stables, and even searching attics.
“It is a difficult area to search, it’s rural, remote,” sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said.
Residents in the area are being advised through the reverse 911 and Nixle mass notification systems to lock their doors and report suspicious activity. Anyone who sees someone in the area matching the suspect’s description is urged to call 911.