VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — An 8-year-old girl found stabbed to death in her family’s Northern California home died of shock and hemorrhaging due to multiple stab wounds, the Calaveras County coroner said.
Leila Fowler was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m. Saturday after she arrived at the hospital, coroner Kevin Raggio told the Los Angeles Times. An autopsy was completed Monday.
The investigation into Leila’s death continued Monday, as authorities scoured the small town of Valley Springs for possible clues. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said in a morning update that it had been contacted by the California attorney general’s office and the California Department of Justice, which have “prioritized the processing of the evidence taken in this case.”
Leila’s body was reportedly first discovered by her 12-year-old brother, who walked into their family home and encountered his sister’s suspected killer.
The assailant was described as a white or Latino man, about 6 feet tall with a muscular build, last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and blue pants, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call a tip line at (209) 754-6030.
Authorities launched a door-to-door sweep of homes, checking storage sheds and horse stables and searching attics. A search warrant was served at Lelia’s home overnight, the sheriff’s department said Sunday.