Salt Lake City police are on a manhunt for the sexual predator who raped and murdered 6-year-old Sierra Newbold, found in a canal near her West Jordan home less than an hour after she went missing on Tuesday.
Autopsy results confirmed Wednesday that the toddler was sexually assaulted, but cops have not released any solid information about the possible identity of the killer. The community is on edge, shocked by the realization a child killer is on the loose in the normally safe neighborhood.
Police immediately launched a search for the child within minutes of being alerted by her parents she was missing from her bedroom early Tuesday morning.
Tragically, Sierra Newbold was found soon after in a canal ditch not far from her house, in virtually the first place cops looked.
Naturally, in cases like this, initial suspicion is cast on family members, but police are not releasing any information about what they suspect may have happened to the toddler.
The only detail released, so far, has been that there didn't seem to be signs of a break-in at the home.
"We haven't come to any conclusion," said West Jordan police Sgt. Drew Sanders. But he admitted they have "tons of leads" and "it's paramount we find out who did this."
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