No Arrests One Week after Leila Fowler’s Killing

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Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz and Sergeant Chris Hewitt.


As public concern grows over the lack of an arrest in the now week old Leila Fowler murder case, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz is defending his department.

“Our investigation techniques are purposeful and focused,” Kuntz said during a press briefing Sunday afternoon.

In the past 24 hours, the search for evidence has moved from the ground to the water with dive teams looking for evidence in two ponds near the Fowler home on Rippon Road. Conditions for the dives, though only in four foot deep ponds, proved to be less than ideal.

“Essentially, it’s black water diving and they’re searching the bottom of the ponds with their hands,” said Sgt. Chris Hewitt.

The Crime Stoppers tip line has been flooded with more than 300 possible leads in Leila’s death.

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