FAIRFIELD — Police continued to say little Monday and hinted that an announcement could come Tuesday that may shed more light on Friday’s homicide of a missing 13-year-old from Suisun City.
Sgt. Rob Lenke said Fairfield police are releasing no new information at this time, but said an update is “forthcoming.” He said that could happen at some point Tuesday, but timing will be dictated by the investigation.
The identity of the 13-year-old found naked early Friday in Allan Witt Park is still not being released because of sensitivity to the family, the school that the student attended and the investigation, Lenke said.
Monday marked the first day of school since media sources reported that the 13-year-old girl attended Green Valley Middle School.
Fairfield police at Green Valley Middle School on Monday morning said that no media would be allowed on the school campus. Lenke politely escorted a lone reporter to the sidewalk and seemed somewhat surprised that more reporters weren’t there.
The reason for keeping media off campus, he said, is “to give the school some room to breathe and get settled.”
“They’re trying to get through the process,” he said.
Student Gabriella Chavez walked to the school that morning and had heard reports about the 13-year-old girl’s fate.
“It’s kind of scary, because she went to our school,” she said.
A student next to her declined to give her name, but gave her reaction to the incident: To be alert.
Parents were alert, too. One drove up to a reporter in front of the school wanting to know why a stranger would be hanging out there and talking to students.
Andrew Green-Ownby, executive director of the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s Pupil Services Division, said the district made counselors available at the school, in case students needed them. It had three school psychologists and at least three therapists from the nonprofit Children’s Nurturing Project there in the morning, he said.
“Whenever there’s an issue that might involve a lot of public attention and media coverage, we meet with the staff to give them information so everyone has the same information,” he said.
A makeshift monument of stuffed animals, candles, flowers and balloons has continued to grow since Saturday against a “No Motorized Vehicle Allowed” sign in Allan Witt Park, a short distance from where the girl’s body was found.
Friends of the victim also left letters. “I love you and your family. I think about the things we shared and didn’t share,” one letter said. Another said, “Well now that you’re gone I have no one there for me. I miss you so much. Love always, your BFF.”