Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan said the girl was reported missing by her mother early Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, police ruled Sierra Newbold’s death a homicide and said an autopsy determined she had been sexually assaulted.
“At this time no suspects have been identified and we do not have any persons of interest,” Police Chief Doug Diamond said Wednesday.
He said that while residents in the area shouldn’t panic, “there’s obviously a predator out there.”
Reed Newbold, the girl’s grandfather, said her mother found her missing from her bedroom early Tuesday.