FAIRFIELD — Police on Tuesday released the identity of the 13-year-old girl found dead late last week in Allan Witt Park as Genelle Renee Conway-Allen of Suisun City.
Numerous news outlets had been reporting variations of Conway-Allen’s name since the weekend, but police didn’t release the information until Tuesday afternoon out of sensitivity to the victim’s family, said Sgt. Rob Lenke.
A press conference with Fairfield and Suisun City police has been scheduled Wednesday afternoon to discuss the investigation. Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said it will likely take place around 4 p.m. at City Hall, but said those details were still being worked out and will be announced early Wednesday.
A vigil has been planned at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Allan Witt Park at the memorial that has been set up near where the body was found. People were still streaming in and out of the area up to sundown, adding to the pile of stuffed animals, candles and pictures.
The Rev. David Isom said a group from the religious community will also have a moment of blessing at that site, but it was still being organized. Isom said he didn’t know if it would be combined with the vigil or be a separate event.
Conway-Allen’s naked body was found early Friday in the parking lot at the rear of Allan Witt Park, off Woolner Avenue. Eric May, 54, of Fairfield, said he flagged down an officer around 6:45 a.m. to report that he had found the girl’s body. Police announced later that day that the girl was reported missing the previous night out of Suisun City.
Along with the identification, police released three photos and some information Tuesday about Conway-Allen’s last-known whereabouts.
Conway-Allen was last seen near Railroad Avenue in Suisun City. A photo was captured of her near the corner of East Tabor Avenue and Grande Circle, which police said was taken minutes before she was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jean leggings and a pink backpack.
Results from an autopsy performed Friday, including the cause of death, have not been released. Tibbet said although some media outlets have reported a cause of death, no one in his department has released that information. He said that information is key to the investigation and won’t be announced any time soon.
Anyone with information about Conway-Allen’s movements Thursday afternoon and Thursday night is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department tip line at 428-7345. Callers may remain anonymous.
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