Calif. Town Locked Down After Girl, 8, Murdered
Police searched door-to-door for Leila Fowler's killer
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2013 6:31 AM CDT
Map locates Valley Springs, Ca.   (AP)

(Newser) – A tiny Northern California town was shut down over the weekend amid a manhunt for the murderer of an 8-year-old. Residents of Valley Springs—population 2,500—were told to lock their doors and watch for a man accused of stabbing Leila Fowler on Saturday afternoon, the AP reports. Police went door-to-door as they searched sheds and attics for the man. "This kind of thing does not happen here," a local mother told the Modesto Bee.

Leila's brother, age 12, reportedly crossed paths with the man—described as white or Latino and wearing a black shirt and blue pants—in his house; after the attacker ran away, the boy found his sister. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Investigators reportedly found fingerprints and DNA in the girl's home, though it'll take as long as a week to get the results. Area schools are open today, notes Fox40.

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Apr 29, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
I say let´s ban liquor. Ups.... that was prohibition ??? It did not work, did it ??? When they catch this dude, let´s cut his n... off and make it front page news !! Maybe the rest will get the message.
Apr 29, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
This is bad folks! Lock downs need to stop now, before they become the accepted norm. I for one will refuse to 'shelter in place' and watch out my window as our liberty and freedom leaves us. RIP Leila Fowler
Apr 29, 2013 7:23 AM CDT
Another NRA-planted story to get people's minds off the REAL problem - GUNS and AMMO, which should, of course, both be BANNED.