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Rural Calif. town on edge as girl's killer sought

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Patrick Foley, head custodian at Jenny Lind Elementary School, puts up a sign about a candlelight vigil to be help for Leila Fowler, in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday, April 29, 2013. Authorities are searching for the killer of Fowler, 8, a third-grader at Jenny Lind, who was found dead by her 12-year-old brother in the family's Valley Springs home Saturday.

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Teacher Cecilia Richardson helps a student tie a ribbon honoring murder victim, third-grader Leila Fowler, at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday April 29, 2013. Authorities are searching for the killer of Fowler, 8, who was found by her 12-year-old brother in the family's Valley Springs home Saturday.

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region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, remained on edge Tuesday, three days after an intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother. With the suspect still on the loose, some of the kids in this enclave nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills were hunkering down.
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    • Patrick Foley, head custodian at Jenny Lind Elementary School, puts up a sign about a candlelight vigil to be help for Leila Fowler, in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday, April 29, 2013. Authorities are searching for the killer of Fowler, 8, a third-grader at Jenny Lind, who was found dead by her 12-year-old brother in the family’s Valley Springs home Saturday.
    • Teacher Cecilia Richardson helps a student tie a ribbon honoring murder victim, third-grader Leila Fowler, at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday April 29, 2013. Authorities are searching for the killer of Fowler, 8, who was found by her 12-year-old brother in the family’s Valley Springs home Saturday.
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