Police are searching for a man who is believed to have attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl in her rural California home.
The suspect, described as a white or Latino male with long gray hair and a muscular build, allegedly broke into a house in Valley Springs, Calif, on Saturday and stabbed the child, according to NBC affiliate KCRA.
The girl, identified by county coroner Kevin Raggio as 8-year-old Leila Fowler, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. (The child was initially reported as being 9-years-old but Raggio said Sunday that she would've turned 9 this summer, per the AP.)
According to Fox 40 News, the girl's 12-year-old brother had been in the house at the time of the attack. He reportedly called his parents, who were not in, to inform them of the intruder.
"It is a difficult area to search, it's rural, remote," sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo told the AP of the ongoing manhunt.
Police say the suspect should be considered "armed and dangerous."