The sighs of relief breathed in Placerville after a foiled kidnapping leads to an arrest, may hold some clues to comfort for a grieving family 50 miles away.
DNA from the Placerville case will be tested as part of the search to find Leila Fowler’s killer.
Jason Wayrynen is now under arrest for a kidnapping plan he supposedly told investigators was fueled by orders from the devil to kill a baby.
“I had seen a guy come walking up but I wasn’t really paying any attention,” said Amber Willits of Placerville.
Willits now knows she saw the man who Placerville Police say tried to wrestle her upstairs neighbor’s baby out of her arms.
Patricia Patino won that fight after Wayrynen alleged forced his way into apartment two of part of the Carson Ridge apartment complex.
As they struggled, her other children and a family friend called for help.
“I found out later on he actually came knocking on our door and luckily I wasn’t home because otherwise it would have been me,” said Willits.
The scenario has investigators looking at any connection the 42-year-old Wayrynen may have to the weekend stabbing death of Leila Fowler in Valley Springs after a home break in.
Her 12-year-old brother had originally said he saw a white or Hispanic man with longer gray hair leaving their home right before he found his sister’s body.
He and 8-year-old Leila were the only ones home Saturday.