In a horrifying story, a 6-year-old Salt Lake City girl has been found dead in a canal after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
Little Sierra Newbold was discovered less than an hour after her mother reported her missing in their West Jordan suburb. Following an autopsy it has been confirmed that Sierra was sexually assaulted.
According to Daily Mail, investigators have not ruled out any suspects in the murder investigation, although Sierra’s grandfather, Reed Newbold, said the family is not suspected of being involved.
West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond said, “Our highest priority now is to identify, arrest, and successfully prosecute the person or persons responsible for this crime.”
Diamond said that the Sierra’s parents have been cooperating in the investigation ever since their little girl had been found just a block from their home.
Police Sgt Drew Sanders has declined to comment on any possible motives. Investigators are also withholding the chain of events leading up to the disappearance. Sanders however did comment, ” We haven’t come to any conclusion.” He continued that the police have tons of leads.
According to Diamond, “there was not a significant amount of trauma on the body.” This has lead to uncertainty whether foul play had occurred or not.
Police have also reported that there were no signs of a break in to the family home and they have no idea how she disappeared.
Reed Newbold, told The Associated Press it is a complete mystery.
Sgt. Sanders declined to answer how long Sierra had been dead before being discovered and if the autopsy was able to collect any DNA evidence.
What is known is that Sierra’s dad had left for work some time before her disappearance and that both her younger sister and older brother were home.
In an announcement for the Sierra’s funeral, scheduled for July 30, she was described as quick to make friends while outgoing and a member of her local soccer team.
The announcement continued, “She was eager to grow up, drive, and get her “very own” cell phone. She loved to draw and was an incredible artist at a very young age. She loved dancing, hiking, and being active. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.”
“She had the amazing ability to make everyone happy with her big brown eyes and her beautiful smile,” it finished.
— Caroline Zapatero
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