Baleigh Bagshaw (left) was found dead inside her Utah home on Monday. Police are still looking for the person of interest, Shaun French. (Facebook/Salt Lake City Police)
A 15-year-old Utah girl was on the phone with her mother when she was “brutally attacked” and killed inside her home, police said as they hunted for a person of interest who is accused of a previous unlawful sexual encounter with the teen, Fox News reports.
We have great news- he has been apprehended by the Salt Lake Police Department!
— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) May 9, 2018
“She was on the phone with her mother, she was brutally attacked while inside her home,” said Sgt. Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake Police Department. “The mother heard the attack going on, and then the phone went dead. At that time, the mother called a neighbor to go check on Baileigh, and who also contacted police.”
Bagshaw had just returned from West High School and called her mother to let her know she was OK, a routine thing she did, FOX13 reported. It’s unclear if the attacker was waiting inside or outside of the home at the time. Police have not released her cause of death.
“I can’t even guess what the mother would be going through right now. Our hearts and thoughts are with her,” Shearer said.
Baleigh Bagshaw had just returned home and was on the phone with her mother was she was attacked and killed. (Facebook)
Talia Zamir, who knew Bagshaw from school, said the teen was well-liked.
“She was incredibly smart and talented and she always got along with people around her. She was really friendly and nice,” Zamir told Deseret News. “And that’s what makes everything so heartbreaking, honestly.”
So damned tragic.
Let’s hope this monster get’s put to death-swiftly.
Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends.
Rest in peace young lady…