SALT LAKE CITY -- (KSTU) -- Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Shaun French, a person of interest in the killing of 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw. Investigators say French had lived in the same house as Bagshaw in the past but was no longer living there when she was found dead.
“He's wanted for the unlawful sexual contact with a minor, as far as for the homicide, he's still just a person of interest,” said Sergeant Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Police said Baleigh Bagshaw was ambushed inside her own home Monday and her mother heard part of the deadly attack, according to police.
"She was on the phone with her mother, she was brutally attacked while inside her home," Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said. "The mother heard the attack going on and then the phone went dead. At that time the mother called a neighbor to go check on Baileigh who also contacted police."
A short time later, police arrived and found the teenager deceased.
The manhunt continues for the only person of interest in this case, 24-year-old Shaun French.
Investigators have learned French was apparently lying in wait for Baleigh.
The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Tuesday that French had previous contact with Baileigh, and has an active warrant out for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Baileigh had just returned home from West High School and as was her routine, she called her mother at work to let her know she was home and that everything was OK.
Police aren't yet calling French a suspect but say he has some sort of connection to the family and that it would not be out of the ordinary for him to be in this neighborhood and around the home.
He drives a very distinctive older model Daihatsu SUV painted in camouflage.
The vehicle has Wyoming license plate number 19-13974.