WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police say a 6-year-old girl who was found dead in a West Jordan canal on Tuesday was sexually assaulted. Her death has been declared a homicide.
West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond confirmed Wednesday that Sierra Newbold was murdered. Her body was found less than an hour after she was reported missing Tuesday morning in a canal only a couple hundred feet from her home.
Chief Diamond says no suspects have been identified and no persons of interest have been named. He also was unable to say whether Newbold’s murder was an isolated incident.
“There’s obviously a predator out there,” said Chief Diamond. “There’s a monster who has murdered a child…Is this predator targeting other children I have no idea at this point in time.”
As a precaution the chief has increased police presence in the area to both watch for suspicious activity and to also try to put the community’s fears at ease. The FBI are investigating the surveillance footage from the Newbolds home the night Sierra disappeared.
While the investigation develops friends and neighbors of Sierra are showing support for her family by planting pink and purple flowers in her yard, Sierras favorite colors.As her loved ones mourn police will continue to search for Sierras killer.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Sierra at 8:30 Friday.
If anyone has any information about this case you are asked to all the tip line at 801-256-2211.