Authorities in a rural area of Northern California have launched a sweeping manhunt for an intruder who fatally stabbed an 9-year-old girl Saturday.
"It is a difficult area to search. It's rural, remote," Calaveras County sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo told Associated Press on Sunday.
According to sheriff’s officials, the girl was killed at a house on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, a town of about 2,600 residents about 60 miles from Sacramento.
The girl’s 12-year-old brother was also in the home at the time. He called his parents to say that there was an intruder in the house. They then called 911, according to Fox 40.
The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the girl had been stabbed.