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Screams heard in park where Sacramento girl was killed

March 15, 2012 |  2:42 pm

Photo: Jessica Funk-Haslam. Credit: Fox 40 SacramentoSacramento police believe a teen found dead near a dugout last week spent a few hours in Rosemont Park before she was killed. They also say people heard screams in the park before her death.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department released new information about their investigation into the death of Jessica Funk-Haslam and some surveillance video.

The 13-year-old girl had trauma to her head, a stab wound to her neck, and had been asphyxiated. Officials brought in criminalists to help analysis the evidence gathered at Rosemont Park to narrow down the suspect search.

Investigators say once Jessica left her house after an argument with her mother that Monday night, she boarded at least two light rail trains, then transferred to a bus and got off at Rosemont Park. She attends Albert Einstein Middle School, which is next to the park.

They believe she got to the park about 6:30 p.m., and that she spent the next few hours with someone  she knew. She was killed between 8 and 9 p.m., and investigators say she was killed where her body was found the following morning near the baseball dugout.


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-- Rowen Shaddox, Fox 40 Sacramento

Photo: Jessica Funk-Haslam. Credit: Fox 40 Sacramento