FBI joins search for killer of teen found dead in Fairfield park

12:10 AM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFIELD, CA - Fairfield police say they're working with the FBI in the search for the killer of a 13-year-old girl whose body was found in a park last week.

Police released few new details during a press conference Wednesday, but did repeat their request for help from the public, especially anyone who may have seen Genelle Renee Conway-Allen Thursday afternoon.

The teen was reported missing around 5:45 p.m. Thursday by her guardian at the foster home in nearby Suisun City where she lived. Police say her naked body was found a little before 7 a.m. Friday by a passerby.

There's no confirmation if her clothes were ever recovered, but police said some evidence was taken from the park.

"We want to catch the people responsible," Chief Walter Tibbet said. "There are many unknowns here and it would be inappropriate to speculate."

Conway-Allen was seen on city surveillance video at the intersection of Tabor Avenue and Grande Circle on Thursday; her body was found 3.5 miles away at Allan Witt Park. There are surveillance cameras in the park, but detectives won't say what, if anything, they've found on tapes.

The manager of a market located near a surveillance camera that took a photo of Conway-Allen shortly before she vanished told police that a girl matching her description was outside his store. Ibrahim Mohammad told The San Francisco Chronicle that the girl said she was waiting for a ride when he asked.

Fairfield police are working with Suisun City police, the FBI and the Department of Justice, but they're still asking for help from any potential witnesses near the park last week.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Officers yesterday said they're interested in comparing notes on this case with another murder. Last March, teenager Jessica Funk-Haslem was found dead in Rosemont Park. Detectives say that case has hit an impasse. Today, there is no word if the two departments have talked.

The Associated Press and News10/KXTV

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