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Utah Girl`s Body Found 30 Minutes After Missing Report

Aired July 6, 2012 - 20:00:00   ET


NANCY GRACE, HOST: Tonight, to Salt Lake City suburbs. A parent`s worst nightmare, Daddy heads to work, Mommy at home with the children 7:00 AM when Mommy notices 6-year-old Sierra missing from her own bedroom. Mommy immediately makes a frantic 911 call.

Bombshell tonight. Just 30 minutes later, Sierra`s tiny body found just one block from home, dumped into a canal, investigators seizing surveillance video from inside the family home the day Sierra vanishes.

Who snatched and murdered the little girl with the big brown eyes, 6- year-old Sierra? Tonight, we want justice.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to 6-year-old Sierra Newbold?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Six-year-old girl disappeared.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her parents reported her missing after they didn`t find her in her bedroom.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 6-year-old was taken from her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Less than one hour after her mother reported her missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was found dead by police in a nearby canal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sexually assaulted, murdered and dumped in a canal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The body shows no significant signs of trauma.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But she was just always smiling, always running around.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say the home shows no signs of a break- in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t know what has happened.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now police are searching for clues, looking for answers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In a prepared statement, her father wrote, quote, "Our family is devastated. We are cooperating fully with the police in the hope that the responsible person is ultimately arrested and prosecuted."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say they have no person of interest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have not identified a person of interest or named a suspect at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who killed 6-year-old Sierra Newbold?


GRACE: Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us.

Tonight, the investigation begins. Salt Lake City suburbs, a parent`s worst nightmare, Daddy heading to work, Mommy at home with the children, 7:00 AM, Mommy notices 6-year-old Sierra missing from her bedroom. Immediately, Mommy makes a frantic 911 call. But just 30 minutes later, the body of Sierra found just one block away, dumped in a local canal. What happened?

We are taking your calls? Straight out to John Phillips, talk show host joining us from KABC. John, what do you know?

JOHN PHILLIPS, KABC RADIO: Well, at this point, Nancy, there`s a lot more that we don`t know than what we do know. But by all accounts, this is an all-American family in an all-American neighborhood, where Daddy wakes up in the morning, like you would do on any normal day, goes to work. Mom`s at home with the kids.

And then to her shock, around 7:30 in the morning, she discovers that her daughter, her precious daughter is not in her bedroom. She panics. She calls police. Police come. And 30 minutes later, they find the body of this little angel dead by a canal. We later found out that she was also sexually molested.

GRACE: You know, I want to narrow down the timeline. To Jim Kirkwood, host with KTKK. Jim, I`m trying to narrow down the last time they saw, actually saw, the little girl. Was it when they put her to bed the night before? When was it?

JIM KIRKWOOD, KTKK (via telephone): That is our understanding, Nancy. It was the night before. And then the mother goes in in the morning, 7:00- ish, to get her going for the day, and she`s gone. And you can imagine how she felt.

GRACE: Do we have any idea, Jim, what happened the night before? Did they go to the mall? Did they go to a ball game? What happened the night before, and what happened that morning? Any idea?

KIRKWOOD: We do actually have a really good idea. The family had installed surveillance cameras, and the police are examining them and have called in the FBI for enhancement and help in that. And they`re examining those surveillance -- the home`s surveillance system to see who came and went and when the girl left.

GRACE: Well, that would say to me, Ellie Jostad, also on the story, that if they had surveillance like nannycams in the home, they would also have burglar alarms.

ELLIE JOSTAD, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Yes, Nancy, you`d think that those two things would go hand in hand, although police haven`t said -- you know, they`re saying that this was a surveillance security system in the home, although they won`t tell us, you know, where exactly those cameras were positioned, whether they were inside or outside of the home, although it does sound like there were cameras inside, whether or not they would have captured someone driving by, a vehicle pulling into the driveway, those sort of things.

Those investigative details police are keeping silent on right now because they want to preserve this investigation.

GRACE: Out to the lines. David in Georgia. Hi, David. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi, Nancy. First, thank you for being my hero and my inspiration. I have to tell you, Nancy, this absolutely makes me sick to my stomach. This child -- if they do have the surveillance cameras in the home, I would agree with you, they should have an alarm system on the house. And do I understand that the father left for work just a short time before she was found missing?

GRACE: That`s exactly correct. Back to you, Ellie Jostad. Give me the father`s movements again? I think he left that morning shortly before her body was found.

JOSTAD: Well, Nancy, we don`t exactly what time Father left for work. That`s a question we`ve asked police. It`s something they won`t discuss. Like I said, they don`t want to release the specific timeline of when Dad left for work, whether or not he checked on her. But we do know that he was an electrician. It`s very possible he had to be at a job site very early that morning. So I don`t know how soon after he left the house that Mom discovered Sierra wasn`t in her bed.

GRACE: And you know, another thing. Very quickly, Greg Kading, former LAPD detective. Greg, very often, you get a package of nannycams or home surveillance with your burglary alarm system. Are you familiar with that?

GREG KADING, FMR. LAPD DETECTIVE: Yes, I am, Nancy. That`s exactly right. You will get a package of, you know, an alert system that will go to a service that`ll provide police response. You get recorded video equipment that can be used to capture this type of imagery. So there is a combination, so to speak.

GRACE: Quickly, I want to go back to you, John Phillips, talk show host from KABC. John, do we know whether the other children in the home have been questioned? Have they been examined to determine whether they, too, have been molested?

PHILLIPS: No, we don`t know that information yet. We don`t know the basic information as to who else was in the room, if there was somebody else in the room with her when she was abducted and taken. The police are very tight-lipped about what went on in that house prior to the incident and the day of the incident, Nancy.

GRACE: OK, Jim Kirkwood, it`s SOP -- standard operating procedure -- when one child ends up dead, the other children are at least interviewed by DFACS, Family and Children`s Services. And this is not about the mother and father. This could be anybody. This could be somebody at the church, somebody at the grocery store, somebody in the neighborhood that has access to these children.

They all need to be questioned, interviewed, and they all, unfortunately, need to have a physical exam, Jim Kirkwood.

KIRKWOOD: Yes, and I understand the police are investigating that aspect. They are interviewing everybody in the family. So you are correct, Nancy.

And one thing I want to add. That area, that canal there, I`m familiar with it. The homes and businesses back up to it all along the way. Pretty much, the child had to have been dumped there when it was dark, which would be 5:30 when it gets sunrise here. So this gives us a different timeline. This did not happen that morning.

GRACE: You know, when you think of a canal, you think of something a lot larger than this body of water. Let`s see it again, Liz.

Tell me what else do you know about this canal, this little waterway. It`s not very much of a canal. It looks more like a ditch or a gully, Jim Kirkwood.

KIRKWOOD: Ten feet wide, paths on the side of 6 to 8 feet. I know the station backs up to it about two miles from there, so I`m very familiar with it. And during the daylight...

GRACE: Hey, Jim, where in the canal -- I`m sorry. You go ahead.

KIRKWOOD: There is no way this crime could have been committed there at the canal after 5:30 in the morning or before 9:00 o`clock at night because it was too bright and there are too many homes around. Homes and businesses back up to this thing all along it.

GRACE: So bottom line, if the assault and the murder had happened along the canal itself, it would basically have been in somebody`s back yard.

KIRKWOOD: Exactly.


KIRKWOOD: A chain-link fence, Nancy. That`s all that`s between the canal and a home.

GRACE: Jim Kirkwood, another question regarding this canal and the location of the discovery of little Sierra`s body. Was the body found, for instance, right behind the house in the canal? Was it found a mile away in the canal? Where was it found as it relates to the house?

KIRKWOOD: It`s about a block away, a couple hundred feet. That area is heavily populated with homes. As I say, businesses where the station is, about two miles from there. But down there in West Jordan, it is just homes, nothing but homes. So I cannot imagine if this crime happened during daylight hours, someone wouldn`t have seen it.

GRACE: So Jim, you went out on me. Did you say the body was a block away from the home in the canal?

KIRKWOOD: Yes. A block away, Nancy. And that`s a city block, a small block.

GRACE: Out to you Peter Odom. What`s your analysis?

PETER ODOM, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Nancy, the police have indicated already that they believe a sexual assault took place. Now, they`re being very closed-mouthed, but one thing that we might gather from that is that there`s biological evidence.

GRACE: Seema Iyer?

SEEMA IYER, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Agree with Peter Odom here. And I think that because the canal was so shallow and so small, the killer, who probably knew this family and this little girl, probably put the body in the canal in hopes of perhaps washing away or getting rid of some of that biological evidence, which clearly wasn`t completely done here.

GRACE: So Jim Kirkwood, though, the reality is with the canal, the body isn`t going to -- Seema has got a good point about a lot of people think that evidence is going to disappear in the water, such as semen or blood. But the body itself couldn`t wash away. I mean, this canal`s basically going nowhere.

KIRKWOOD: Well, and especially with the drought going on here. There would not be a lot of water in that canal. We`re having terrible drought conditions right now in Utah.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to 6-year-old Sierra Newbold?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She was just always smiling, always running around.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 6-year-old was taken from her home, sexually assaulted, murdered.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hours later, she was found dead by police in a nearby canal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is somebody who took the child and did horrible things.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police are calling it a possible homicide.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When was Sierra taken, and when was she killed?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The hole left in our lives by her absence can never be repaired.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Heart-broken sums up this West Jordan neighborhood.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Six years old, her life barely started.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now police are searching for clues, neighbors looking for answers.


GRACE: OK, I got a lot of questions here. First out to you, Jim Kirkwood, host of KTKK. There are a lot of people in the home, right? They`ve got surveillance video in the home. It should reveal something. Who`s sleeping in the room with Sierra? I don`t think that every child has their own room.

KIRKWOOD: That has not been made clear yet, Nancy. We`re trying to find that out.

GRACE: All right, John Phillips, what do you know?

PHILLIPS: Well, I think you`re raising the right question. Was there another kid in there? And another question I think that`s very important here is if they`re so vigilant that they`re putting cameras in the house, my guess is they`re not leaving doors unlocked. They`re not leaving windows unlocked. And there`s no evidence so far of a break-in.

So how did somebody get inside this house and take this little girl out of a bedroom, if she`s there with another kid, if she`s sharing the bedroom with another sibling? It doesn`t make sense.

GRACE: John Phillips, why do you say there`s no evidence of a break- in?

PHILLIPS: Well, that`s what been reported so far. The police are not saying that there has been a break-in. They`re, of course, quite tight- lipped about the specifics about all of this. They`re tight-lipped about the specifics of the timeline. And I think that the police, here, the...

GRACE: But John, you`re saying...


GRACE: ... the police are not saying there has been a break-in. But are police saying there were no signs of a break-in? I know no forced entry. There weren`t any windows broken. A door wasn`t beaten down.


GRACE: But do we know that somebody did not come in, say, an open window?

PHILLIPS: Right. That`s the potential there. But if you`re putting up the video systems, if you`re having that in your house because you want to keep your kids safe, my guess is that you`re going to keep the doors locked, you`re going to keep the windows shut. This is something that the police need to explain. They need more information out here.

GRACE: You know, where I`m going with this -- out to you, Marc Klaas, president and founder of Klaas Kids Foundation -- is this. Very often, when somebody is taken from the home, a child is taken from the home, immediate suspicion goes on the family themselves, typically the father.

And I get it because it`s so unusual that someone could come into your home, especially a home with video surveillance cameras, and not be detected. But I remember prosecuting a guy known as the "red rapist" in inner-city Atlanta. And I think that I must have worked up at least eight to ten similar transactions. In the heat of the summer, he would come through open windows. He would always be wearing red somewhere on his body and would often leave a red rose behind after he raped the victim.

He was coming in and out of windows. So it`s not unheard of, Marc Klaas.

MARC KLAAS, KLAAS KIDS FOUNDATION: Well, of course, it`s not unheard of, Nancy. And this is very similar to the Isabel Celis case, to the Baby Lisa Irwin case to...

GRACE: Elizabeth Smart...


KLAAS: In each one of these situations, exactly the same thing happened. And none of those have been solved. Was the door left unlocked? Were there windows open? Is there other surveillance around the neighborhood -- I`m sure there probably is -- to be able to determine the comings and goings around the time.

There are way too many unanswered questions and we have way too little knowledge to be able to really process it and come up with even possible scenarios.

GRACE: Out to the lines. Let`s go to Phillip in Ohio. Hi, Phillip. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Nancy. I was calling to find out if the police have any idea yet at all if it might be somebody in the neighborhood or maybe a relative? Are they saying anything at all about this?

GRACE: OK, hold on. Number one, you don`t sound like Phillip in Ohio. You sound more like Ruth in Oregon. Oh, this is Phyllis! OK, Phyllis in Ohio. All right. Phyllis, give me your question one more time?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was wondering if the police have any idea if it was somebody in the neighborhood or if they`re really thinking it might be a relative.

GRACE: Good question. Back out to you, Ellie Jostad. What do we know?

JOSTAD: Nancy, police are saying that they have not cleared anybody as a suspect, and that does include family members. They haven`t been cleared, although police do say they`re being cooperative.

And neighbors say that police are going door to door in the neighborhood, asking them very pointed questions about their background. So it sounds like they are checking out everybody who live in this vicinity.

GRACE: OK, Ellie, this home is a beautiful home. We know it has surveillance video. We know there`s several siblings. Now, didn`t Elizabeth Smart happen in Salt Lake City also?


GRACE: They were members of the LDS, I believe. This family`s members of the LDS.

JOSTAD: Right.

GRACE: Of course, Elizabeth Smart beats the odds, and in a miracle, is found.

What do we know, Ellie, about the last time this family was seen out and about and everyone saw Sierra?

JOSTAD: Right. That is a question we`ve asked police, and again, it`s one they won`t answer. We want to find out when was she last seen alive and well? What time exactly did the parents put her to bed? And did anybody check on her between time she goes to bed and Mom discovering her missing at about 7:30 in the morning? And we just don`t know the answers at that point.


GRACE: What happened to 6-year-old Sierra? A lot is being made of the fact that there`s no sign of a forced entry. But let me remind everybody there was no sign of a forced entry when Elizabeth Smart was taken out of her home also there in Salt Lake City by some crazy kook and his wife.

We`re taking your calls. Let`s go out to Ruth in Oregon. Hi, Ruth. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Nancy. I am wondering if there were any registered sex offenders in the home?

GRACE: I don`t think there were in the home, but what about the neighborhood? Out to you, Ellie Jostad. What do we know about registered sex offenders?

JOSTAD: Right. And you can see it there on the map. There are 22 registered sex offenders within about a five-mile radius. But Nancy, I should point out these parents do not have any criminal record. So obviously, no sex offender living in the home.

GRACE: OK, what more do we know about the home, El?

JOSTAD: Well, Nancy, we do know from the property assessment records that there are five bedrooms in this home. So with five kids plus the parents, it probably is likely that at least some of those kids were sharing a bedroom. And I would imagine it would make most sense that it would be the two youngest girls, Sierra and her little sister.

We do know, too, that there is a -- what looks like a cinderblock wall around the house. But from the looks of it, it just -- from pictures and video I could see, it doesn`t necessarily look like it was secured to the point that somebody couldn`t get over that fence.

GRACE: OK, let`s see it again. Take a look at that. I don`t know, El. Take a look at that, everybody. That to me looks -- the street fence looks like it is solid wood or brick. To me, it looks like it`s over five feet, which would be, in my mind, kind of tough to scale. That`s a lot to go through to get into the home.

I want to go back to a special guest joining us, Bishop Vaughn Shosted. He is the Newbold family`s bishop.

Bishop, again, thank you for being with us. Sir, when was the last time other people saw Sierra before she went missing, outside the family?

BISHOP VAUGHN SHOSTED, FAMILY`S LDS BISHOP (via telephone): Boy, I don`t know. I can`t answer that. I don`t know.

GRACE: Were they at church the previous Sunday?

SHOSTED: Oh, yes. Yes, they were there.

GRACE: What else can you tell us tonight, Bishop, about the family`s thought process, what they are going through tonight, the siblings, how they are dealing with the fact their sister is gone?

SHOSTED: Again, it`s a tough situation they`re in. They`re all feeling a great loss. And also, you know, they`re hoping that this person could be taken off the streets for fear that -- you know, they`re just worried about other children in the neighborhood or other children in the - - anywhere. They don`t want to see this happen again and hope that there`s enough clues that the police department can find this person and take them to justice.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to 6-year-old Sierra Newbold?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Six-year-old girl.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her parents reported her missing after they didn`t find her in her bedroom.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 6-year-old was taken from her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Less than one hour after her mother reported her missing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was found dead by police in a nearby canal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sexually assaulted, murdered and dumped in a canal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The body shows no significant signs of trauma.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She was just always smiling, always running around.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say the home shows no signs of a break- in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t know what has happened.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now police are searching for clues, looking for answers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In a prepared statement, her father wrote, quote, "our family is devastated. We are cooperating fully with police in the hope that the responsible person is ultimately arrested and prosecuted."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say they have no person of interest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have not identified a person of interest or named a suspect at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who killed 6-year-old Sierra Newbold?


NANCY GRACE, HLN HOST: We are back and taking your calls, this little girl, happy, carefree, part of a big and loving family. Daddy leaves that morning for his job as an electrician, mommy goes to check on the children around 7:00, 7:30 and realizes that 6-year-old, Sierra, is gone. She immediately called 9/11 in a frantic distressing call, though within an hour, the child`s body is found. She is dead in a nearby canal, just moments away from the home.

We are taking your calls.

Unleash the lawyers. Joining us tonight is Eleanor Odom, death penalty qualified prosecutor, Seema Ire, defense attorney New York, Peter Odom, defense attorney Atlanta.

First of all to you, Eleanor. We can learn a lot by just what we`re seeing. You and I both know from prosecuting so many murders, Eleanor that you can tell a lot about who the perpetrator is, for instance, where the murder weapon is thrown.

I mean, look at the Robert Blake case. Remember that? His wife was murdered right behind, I think it was Vitelli`s Italian restaurant and the murder weapon was thrown into a dumpster, right there. In other words the killer didn`t stray very far from the scene.

On many occasions when I have had a murder that I was prosecuting, we needed to find the purpose weapon. I would say, OK, let`s drive a straight line from the scene of the crime to, for instance, the suspect`s home or job. Let`s see if we pass any bodies of water, any bridges, any big ditches. Sure enough, there would you would find the murder weapon.

So here, we`re seeing the body of this child very close by, thrown into a canal, a body of water. What does that say to you, Eleanor?

ELEANOR ODOM, DEATH PENALTY-QUALIFIED PROSECUTOR: It says to me -- well, first of all trying to get rid of some type of evidence, especially with that sexual assault evidence, that could potentially be there obviously they didn`t get rid of it.

Nancy, it is interesting to me in so many sexual assault cases, we often find no evidence of an assault. You know, you just have the victim`s word. So here, the fact that they found some evidence, tells me that it was very recent and it was traumatic. So those are two key pieces of evidence which did not get destroyed amend that`s great for the prosecution.

GRACE: Out to you Peter Odom, what`s your analysis?

PETER ODOM, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: There`s biological evidence. If that`s the case, once the biological evidence is analyzed, they can compare it to the family members and more importantly, they can compare it to some of those local sex offenders and see if those people might be in the national DNA database. It is an investigated avenue that you know the police were looking at.

GRACE: Joining us right now is special guest. This is bishop Vaughn Shosted. He`s the Newbold family`s bishop.

Thank you for being with us. Sir, what can you tell us about how the family is doing tonight?

BISHOP VAUGHN SHOSTED, FRIEND, BISHOP OF MURDERED 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL`S FAMILY (via phone): Well, as you probably know, they`re devastated. This is such a hard thing for them. They`re a very, very good family and loved by everyone in the neighborhood, and, you know, in our LDS ward and also in the community. And they are just devastated at this point. And, I don`t know what else to say.

GRACE: What more can you tell us about the family themselves? What did the parents do for a living, to start with?

SHOSTED: Well, father`s an electrician. And works for a small company there in the area. And the mother just had a small part-time job working at a dance studio that her daughter attended. And she may have had one other part-time job that was a couple of hours a week, but that`s really about it.

GRACE: How long had they been living there?

SHOSTED: They have been married and living there about ten years that I have known them that full-time.

GRACE: And what about brothers or sisters for Sierra?

SHOSTED: Sierra had a little sister, and also two older sisters and an older brother.

GRACE: Is the community afraid this evening that there is a predator on the loose?

SHOSTED: Well, they`re very concerned, that`s for sure. We just -- everybody`s been told and asked to be watchful of the surroundings around them and be aware. And watch out for each other the best they can. I know the local police department is doing a wonderful job monitoring the area and that kind of thing, but I`m trying not to cause a huge panic here. But at the same time, we want to be careful and be aware of our surroundings and report any suspicious activity in our neighborhood.

GRACE: You know, police have stated there`s obviously a predator out there. What more do you know, Bishop Vaughn Sholsted about what`s being told to the community.

SHOSTED: I don`t know anything more, they`re being very careful about what they say just as a matter of procedure and we`re supportive of that. But there`s not a whole lot else being said. I know they`re working hard, I see them out every day and as late as this morning come across two police cars coming through the neighborhood, just monitoring and watching.

GRACE: Bishop, has the family been apprised of the cause of death?

SHOSTED: I couldn`t tell you, I do not know.

GRACE: How often do you see the family?

SHOSTED: I have seen them at least daily since this has happened. Talked to them, you know, consoled them, my wife and I have had them over to our house, we have tried to do the best we can to help them through this.

GRACE: How are the other children doing? Did they see or hear anything that evening?

SHOSTED: I didn`t hear the last part of your question.

GRACE: I was asking how her siblings, the other children are doing and did any of them see or hear anything unusual that evening?

SHOSTED: Well the first part of the question is, they`re struggling as well. They`re missing their sister, and it creates a huge hole in their hearts, I`m sure. Something they`re going to struggle with for a long time. As far as them hearing or seeing anything that morning or evening before, I`m not aware of anything.

GRACE: Did Sierra share a room with one of her sisters?

SHOSTED: I don`t know that.

GRACE: Have you ever actually been in their home?

SHOSTED: Yes, I have been in their home a few times. But I haven`t gone any farther than the living room.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her parents reported her missing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have gathered evidence.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What happened to 6-year-old Sierra Newbold, now police are searching for clues.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 6-year-old was take from her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sierra`s body found in a canal, just feet from the home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sexual assaulted, murdered and dumped in a canal. Police have no suspects.


GRACE: To all parents that are listening tonight, the mystery unfolding regarding the death of this little girl, 6-year-old Sierra Newbold. She`s found face down in a canal, a shallow canal, not far from her own home.

Daddy gets up and leaves for his job as an electrician early in the morning. Mom notices around 7:00 or 7:30, her little girl is gone. She immediately called 9/11 that within the hour, the body has found in canal, just a block away from the family home. This canal abuts the backyards of everyone`s homes. It is adjacent to their yard. And many spots, the only thing separating the water from the yard is a chain link sense.

Evidence highly suggests that Sierra Newbold was molested before her death. We don`t have the cause of death as of yet.

We are taking your calls and looking for clues.

To Dr. Bethany Marshall, joining us tonight, psychotherapist, author of "deal breakers," joining from L.A.

Bethany, let`s talk about what we know. I believe the body was clothed. Hold on one moment, to you, Jim Kirkwood, was the body clothed?

JIM KIRKWOOD, HOST, AM RADIO KTTT (via phone): That is not clear yet, the police are not releasing that.

GRACE: Depending on whether the body is clothed or unclothed, Bethany, that also tells us a lot about who committed the murder?

BETHANY MARSHALL, PSYCHOANALYST, AUTHOR, DEAL BREAKERS: Yes, it does. Because - well, first of all, we know that there were multiple children in the house, so this would have been a feeding frenzy for a sex predator. And whoever broke into that house knew there were little children there. So, who was familiar with the family?

As my colleague Greg was pointing out. Whoever did this may have suffocated her in order to keep her from crying out for help from her parents and if that person suffocated her and the clothing was still on and there`s biological evidence, did he rape her through her underwear? Was he a sadistic rapist? Was there anal mutilation which is what you see with sadistic rapist?

We know it was not a masturbatory act or that might have been washed away even in a still body of body. So, whoever did this, either cut her, hurt her, penetrated her and did it so hastily that he didn`t even remove her clothing.

GRACE: And it`s someone who doesn`t want to leave her behind as a witness, alright? That also suggests that it is not random.

Another thing, the disposal of the body is a disposal of convenience. This is someone that was not going to drive 20 miles and put her body in a swamp, or drive her far away and dig a grave and bury her out in a shallow grave out in a wooded area. This was a convenience disposal.

I want to go out to Dr. Bill Manion, medical examiner and expert joining us out of Philadelphia. What can we learn from the body, Dr. Manion.

DOCTOR BILL MANION, M.D., NEW JERSEY MEDICAL EXAMINER (via phone): Well, I`m not sure, was the body found next to the canal or was it in the water itself?

GRACE: In the water. In the water.

MANION: Well, that will hurt the forensics because water will dissolve any fluids, any semen, or blood or anything like that. So that will hurt forensics. They will --

GRACE: But not inside her body, it won`t. It will not get rid of semen or blood, in vaginal, anal, oral orifices of her body. That is not going to happen.

MANION: Yes, that`s correct. That`s correct. But I`m not sure how long she was in that canal. It seems she was unaccounted for throughout the night, and then although she was found 30 minutes after she was reported missing, they`re not sure when she really went missing, so that may have been hours before they found the body.

So, definitely forensics will be working to try and regain -- obtain DNA and try and get a good DNA specimen to try and match the perpetrator in this case.

GRACE: And to Marc Klaas and Greg Kating, let`s put both of them up.

Greg Kating, if you have security surveillance, if you have, say, a nanny cam in your home, if it`s at night, unless you have a particular type of camera, the camera will not pick up who was walking around in a dark bedroom.

GREG KATING: Yes, it is going to depend on the quality of that equipment, how sophisticated it is which brings up a good point. It`s like you have to back up and ask, what about the person who installed this equipment, would they know how to detour it? So, it could lead to other suspects, you get a sexual predator that is working for a company and they install this.

GRACE: Marc Klaas?

MARC KLAAS, PRESIDENT, FOUNDER, KLAASKIDS FOUNDATION: Well, Nancy. I would like to talk about what people can do in this situation. I mean, there`s not to be some desperate folks in this neighborhood.

Now, I think what they have to understand is from this point forward they need to secure their homes, they need to secure their windows, they need to know where their young children are at all times, they have to ensure that their children are not left by themselves. They need to show their children the safest places to play in their neighborhood and areas to avoid. They also need to start organizing their community and do a good neighborhood watch program for their looking out to each other`s children and for each other`s property.

GRACE: Right now CNN heroes.


OFFICER ZACK HUDSON, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: I`ve been a police officer now for a little over 10 years. We see people at their worst. And one thing that I have seen over and over again is victimization of the elderly.

They`re the forgotten portion of our society that nobody really thinks about. They`re alone, and yet they don`t ask for help.

Hey, buddy, you got a flat tire going there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know. But I don`t have any money to fix it.

HUDSON: That`s not good. There`s not much easier to victimize.

It extremely sad. If I can help you with that tire, why don`t you give me a call.

I realized that something had to be done, I had had enough.

I`m officer Zack Hudson, and I was raised by my grandparents, my great grandmother. Now I`m bringing this community together to help keep senior citizens safe. Seniors reach out directly to us.

Hey, Miss Anderson. How are you?

Cops and firefighters come across seniors that have marriage problems are able to call us. And seniors reached out directly to us.

How`s your floor looking? Not so hot?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My floor was getting mushy. I was scared to death that I would fall through it.

HUDSON: We contact (INAUDIBLE), eight-based organizations and businesses, and we get it taken care of for free.

If we get the file down, then that wheelchair won`t take its toll like it did. It takes commitment from the community nice and solid.

We have 25 yards to do.

It takes commitment from the community.

Nice and solid.


HUDSON: Elderly people rescued me in a lot, a lot of ways.

So, what do you think, Mr. Anderson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t want to leave my bathroom.

HUDSON: This is an opportunity for me to give back.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s hard to lose your child.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was just 6-years-old. Her life barely started. But someone wanted little Sierra Newbold dead.


GRACE: We are taking your calls. Straight out to Debbie in Utah.

Hi, Debbie. What`s your question?

DEBBIE, CALLER, UTAH: Hi, Nancy. I have a question about the surveillance. I know that they were looking at the video. I was just wondering if they are any closer to getting a clear image on that.

And really quickly, I live in Salt Lake City and think people here are complacent thinking this is a safe environment. I have a neighbor that has three kids who sleeps with their windows open. And I just think people need to start being more careful about protecting their children, Nancy.

GRACE: You know, hold on. Debbie in Utah, I`m surprised that that attitude is prevalent there after the Elizabeth Smart case.

DEBBIE: Well, I think people still -- people ever very trusting and I think sometimes there is a false sense of security. Like I said, I have a neighbor who has three children. And they sleep with their windows open. And I just, you know, at some point I think we all need to just start protecting our kids a little better and being more careful.

GRACE: Let`s go to Jim Kirkwood, joining us out of Salt Lake this evening from KTKK. Any answers to those questions?

KIRKWOOD: Well, Debbie is absolutely correct, Nancy. This downtown Salt Lake is a little rough at times. But you get in the bedroom communities by West Jordan. This is very tranquil, and mostly religious people, very low crime rates. Something like what happened here to little Sierra is so unusual. I am sure everybody in the area is in shock. I know, I am and I live a town away from it.

This is -- we have a sense of security here because it is a really good community and it is a safe community on the whole.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The a brutal killing of a 6-year-old in Utah.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have not identified a person of interest or named a suspect at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just before 7:30, her parents reported her missing.


GRACE: Welcome back. We are taking your calls.

What happened to little Sierra?

I want to go back again to Jim Kirkwood, joining us out of KTKK there in Salt Lake.

Jim, I am just wondering, are police sounding the alarm that there is a predator on the loose?

KIRKWOOD: Yes, the chief of police in west Jordan, put out a statement about there is a monster and predator on the loose. Then he backed up and said don`t be panicky. We are watching things.

But the fact is there is one. And whoever did this and we have absolutely at this point no idea because there is no person of interest. But, whoever did this could well have enjoyed it and wanted to do it again, Nancy. I mean, you are a former prosecutor and know what I`m talking about.

GRACE: To John Phillips, KABC, joining us, what more do we know, John?

JOHN PHILLIPS, TALK SHOW HOST, 790 KABC RADIO: Well, KSTU, which is a local station out there, is reporting that the police said they believe is an isolated incident which you suggested earlier when you said the evidence leads you to believe it was not a random act. Well, that is being backed up by the police in this community, Nancy.

GRACE: Everyone, the tip line is 801-256-2211.

Let`s stop and remember army Staff Sergeant Eric Lindstrom, 27, Flagstaff, Arizona. Killed Afghanistan. Bronze star and purple heart, army commendation and also served Iraq. Loved hiking and camping and like Powell. A police officer back home. Leaves behind parents Cathy and Rick, brother Jake, widow Tara. Twin daughters Olivia and Reilly.

Eric Lindstrom, American hero.

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