Investigators have confirmed Sunday that the 8-year-old Valley Springs girl was stabbed by a possible intruder Saturday.
Leila Fowler was going to turn 9 years old this June.
Deputies searched the area around Fowler’s home through Saturday night and into Sunday morning. No one is in custody.
Deputies say they’ve collected fingerprints and DNA from the scene and will process it as soon as possible.
If you have any information about the crime, or know anyone with unexplained injuries or may have left town suddenly after the killing was reported, investigators ask you to call their tip line at (209) 754-6030.
Ian McDonald contributed to this report.