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Fairfield police release name, photos of slain Suisun City girl

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Genelle Renee Conway-Allen. The pictures show Conway-Allen's hairstyles consistent with when she was last seen Thursday. (Photos courtesy Fairfield Police Department)

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From page A1 | February 06, 2013 | 8 Comments

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.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • Newsless in FFFebruary 06, 2013 - 4:25 am

    Nice BACKPEDDALING D.R. WHY would the school the victim attended have grief counselors on site YESTERDAY, if the name had not been released? Also, WHAT name variations? If I relied on this paper for news, I'd always be out of the loop. After reading COMMENTS on here YESTERDAY, I found the name and pic of the victim,so HOW could it be that FFPD was NOT releasing this info???? Like the person yesterday said, the BAY AREA knew who she was, but people that live in the town where it happened,relying on their hometown newspaper,knew nothing. Kinda backwards, don't ya think?

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 06, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Your kidding right? Friends and people within this girls inner circle obviously knew before ANYONE, and since this was a young girl of course it spread around quickly around her school which prompted thr grief counselors to act quickly. Daily Republics announcement of the identity was probably held back until they got official notice from the police because the last thing you want to do is get the name wrong. Everybody knew, well yes but had the cops came out with a different name then everybody would be fools. Daily Republic was following due diligence and wasnt behind, they knew as well but needed confirmation, as all respected news should do.

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  • RichFebruary 06, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Not fair! You've obviously forgotten that most California family Tribes have members that all have different names and quite often they are all hyphenated. Such is the ''culture'' here. I'm sure Nat Geo will do a story on it.

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  • FixFairfield.OrgFebruary 06, 2013 - 6:10 am

    It's time we improve central Fairfield. Let's get the 13 year old project back on track again. Gov funds are available in Sacramento. This will reduce crime.

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  • RichFebruary 06, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Steven, what on earth are you thinking? Government created, funded and is still promoting both a welfare state and a police state---Each cancelling the other out. Throwing more money at it will not work and will make things worse. Your thinking process is typically socialist and typically Californian. ''Government must do something!'' is the kind of shallow thinking that's gotten us deeper and deeper into a hole that's getting increasingly more difficult to get out of.

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  • Fairfield ResidentFebruary 06, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Not all reporters give consideration to the emotional impact the grieving family has to endure. Is waiting a day or two really a valid reason for criticism? Did the delay somehow impact the safety of the public? Most reporters have one objective... to get the story out first. It takes restraint and respect to delay that objective.

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  • FairfieldGirlFebruary 06, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    THE PERSON WHO EVER HURT GENELLE SHOULD BE A SHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!!!!YOU TOOK A POOR GILRS LIFE THAT SHE PROBABLY HAD PLANS FOR HER SELF!!!!SHE WILL NOT CROSS OVER TO THE LIGHT OF GOD UNTILL SHE KNOWS THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT FOUND THE CRIMANAL AND I HOPE THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL FIND THEM.REST IN PEACE GENELLE RENEE CONWAY-ALLEN.SHAM ON THE CRIMANAL!!!!!!!!

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