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Detectives study knives in girl’s stabbing
May 04, 2013, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

VALLEY SPRINGS — Investigators searching for evidence in the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl were looking Friday at several knives taken from her home to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds.

Sgt. Chris Hewitt of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had taken “several knives from the home,” but he would say little else about them.

“We don’t want to put too many details out there that could taint our interviews,” Hewitt said.

Victim Leila Fowler shared the home with her father, stepmother, 12-year-old brother and two older siblings. Family members are being questioned at this point only as witnesses, he said.

The 12-year-old discovered Fowler’s body a week ago while the parents were at a Little League game. He said he saw the assailant and described him as being tall with long gray hair.

A witness who said she also saw the man flee has since recanted and is no longer credible, Hewitt said.

“It’s a mystery. She never gave any indication she recanted because she was in fear of her safety,” he said.

Hewitt said that while meeting with a sketch artist and detectives Wednesday, the unidentified witness, who was reported to be a neighbor, refused to provide a description so a composite sketch could be made of the man.

Her account had been considered significant to identifying Leila’s killer because her earlier descriptions had matched the one provided by the brother. The witness, however, reported seeing the suspect headed in the opposite direction than the brother had reported.

“Though this may seem like a setback in the investigation, it is actually a positive result in that it allows the investigators to narrow the scope of their investigation,” Hewitt said of the witness’ statements turning out to be unreliable.

FBI agents are now assisting with the investigation. They said they hope the brother’s description of the assailant will provide more leads.

“This investigation is hour by hour, day by day. We could get a huge break. We just don’t know,” Hewitt said.

Investigators have found no link between the attempted kidnapping of a 15-month-old girl in Placerville on Tuesday and Leila’s slaying Saturday in her home in Valley Springs, about 50 miles away.

Although authorities still plan to do a DNA test on the 44-year-old kidnapping suspect, “detectives have determined it unlikely that there is a connection between the two crimes,” Hewitt said.

 

 

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