Leila Fowler case: Coroner releases cause of 8-year-old's death

The Calaveras County Coroner has released the cause of death in the case of 8-year-old Leila Fowler who was reportedly stabbed in her own home located on Rippon Road in Valley Springs. According to a report by the Modesto Bee, Leila Fowler was pronounced dead at the San Andreas, Mark Twain Medical Center at 12:55 p.m., Sat. April 27,
Leila Fowler stabbed to death in her Rancho Calaveras home
2013. The cause of death has been listed as shock and hemorrhaging that resulted from multiple stab wounds.

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A manhunt has been underway in the Valley Springs area that is no stranger to violent crimes. Leila Fowler was murdered in her home in the same neighborhood where the "Speed Freak Killers" Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine wreaked terror throughout the 90s.

While details are few and the investigation and search for Leila's killer is underway, we do know a little about what happened on Sat. April 27, 2013. According to unconfirmed reports, Leila was home with her 12-year-old brother, while her parents and siblings were at a baseball game. Leila's brother spotted the intruder in the home, who then fled. The boy checked on his sister and saw she had been stabbed. He called his parents who in turn called 911. Leila Fowler was in the third grade and attended Jenny Lind Elementary.

While a manhunt was conducted throughout the rural area, a suspect has not been apprehended. Authorities with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said they have found fingerprints and DNA evidence in Leila's home. That evidence is currently undergoing forensic analysis. What is curious, is that the son, and a neighbor reportedly saw the suspect, yet police have not distributed a poster or suspect sketch.

Leila Fowler Case: Suspect Description

The suspect is described as either a white or Hispanic male who stands approximately 6' tall and has longish, gray hair. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and blue jeans. Those who believe they have seen the suspect are asked to contact 911. He is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities ask for residents to pay careful attention to those who may have injuries to their hands or arms as well.

A press conference is scheduled for April 29, 2013, at 11 p.m. PT to provide an update on the case. Leila's family is expected to speak.


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