Utah police: Teen murder victim was on phone with mom during attack

Utah police: Teen murder victim was on phone with mom during attack

Utah police: Teen murder victim was on phone with mom during attack

Police ask the public to be on the lookout for French, believing he could be in Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, or Indiana. The mother heard part of the assault before the phone went dead.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said French is now a suspect in the killing of 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw. French moved in with the Bagshaw family in February 2017, when Baleigh was 14 years old. The neighbor checked on the house and called police who took the call at approximately 3:08 p.m. Monday.

Shaun French, 24, was identified as a person of interest in Bagshaw's death. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that soon after her daughter called her, Shawna Bagshaw heard her girl screaming and being "brutally attacked" before the line went dead.

He was not living with her at the time of the attack.

A warrant has since been issued for French's arrest, alleging he'd had a previous unlawful sexual encounter with Baleigh.

"This warrant stems from an earlier involvement with the victim", police said. It's unclear if the attacker was waiting inside or outside of the home at the time. Says the police sergeant, "I can't even guess what the mother would be going through right now. Our hearts and thoughts are with her", Shearer said.

Police say the female driver of the SUV received minor air-bag injuries to her face and shoulders.

Friend Talia Zamir, 15, said: 'She was incredibly smart and talented and she always got along with people around her.

Coworkers at a Leatherby's Family Creamery remembered Baleigh as "sweet", a hard worker and "a good girl", reported the Deseret News. "And that's what makes everything so heartbreaking, honestly".

French was described as "armed and dangerous" and is being hunted on three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

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