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Mother of slain Sacramento girl recalls last seeing her

March 9, 2012 |  5:42 pm


A 13-year-old girl found slain at a Sacramento park Tuesday had left her house the night before to visit an unknown person, her mother said.

The community held a vigil Wednesday night to remember Jessica Funk-Haslam. The girl’s mother attended and said she last saw Jessica on Monday night after an argument.

"She was wanting to go out to see somebody. She wouldn’t tell me who. And yes, I got mad because I said it was getting dark," said Tara Funk-Haslam.

Jessica was found dead Tuesday morning in the dugout of the baseball field at Rosemont Park along Americana Way.

The Sacramento County coroner’s office conducted an autopsy and found that she died from a combination of blunt force head trauma, asphyxia and a stab wound to the neck.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying where Jessica went after she left her house Monday night.


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-- Sam Cohen, Fox 40 Sacramento