SAN FRANCISCO (April 29, 2013)--Law enforcement patrols were increased Monday outside of a school in the small Northern California town of Valley Springs, where a search continued for a man wanted in the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl.
Deputies from the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office on Monday were deployed outside Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, as classmates of the victim, Leila Fowler, returned to school.
Grief counselors were also available at the school.
A class of sixth-graders placed ribbons outside to remember Fowler, a third-grader.
Authorities say the girl was stabbed to death Saturday at her home in Valley Springs during what evidently was a break-in.
The girl was found by her older brother who told deputies that he had encountered a male intruder in the home.
The attacker was described only as wearing a black shirt and blue pants.
Authorities spent Saturday night and into Sunday conducting a door-to-door sweep of homes scattered across hilly terrain, checking storage sheds and horse stables, and even searching attics.
Valley Springs is a community of about 2,500 people in an unincorporated area of Calaveras County, known as "Gold Country," in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.
The county became world-famous in 1865 with the publication of Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," according to the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce website.