Former FBI Profiler Offers Insight into Leila Fowler Investigation

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Squad cars from around Calaveras County descended on Valley Springs to search for a suspect in the violent stabbing death of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.

“It’s going to be a horrific crime scene. You might think there is some sort of anger issue there,” said Mike Rayfield with Solution Six.

Rayfield is retired from the FBI, and while he doesn’t have inside information on this case, he has worked similar investigations, profiling murders and kidnappers.

Investigators say Fowler’s 12-year-old brother was babysitting her at the time of the murder. He reportedly ran into the alleged killer as the man fled the scene.

While there is no concrete information about a suspect, Rayfield’s experience says the killing wasn’t random.

“It would be rare that it was a stranger that committed this crime and I would think maybe even more rare in a community like that, in the middle of the street in a rural environment like that where the houses are on one-or-two-acre lots. I would think it would be somebody who has some kind of connection with the home,” said Rayfield.

In case its one of those rare stranger crimes, Rayfield says investigators could be digging into websites online, and constructing a timeline of the girl’s last few days, using that timeline to look for surveillance video in the area.

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