FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Police offered very little new information in a press conference Wednesday on the death a 13-year-old Suisun City girl found in a Fairfield park last week but did clear up what they called misinformation.
Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said releasing the cause of death of Genelle Conway-Allen would be “hurtful to the investigation” and “devastating to the family.”
Tibbet also said a previous report that detectives are looking for a silver minivan connected to the crime is not accurate and a report that police were prepared to provide a sketch of the suspect also was not accurate.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Rebecca Belk said the FBI and state Department of Justice are assisting into the investigation and that a 24-hour tips line had been set up. That number is (707) 428-7345.
Genelle’s naked body was found on the south side of Allan Witt Park on Feb. 1 at about 6:45 a.m. An autopsy confirmed she was the victim of a homicide. Genelle was last seen during the late afternoon hours on Jan. 31 in the vicinity of Railroad Avenue in Suisun City. Surveillance footage also captured her in Fairfield that day.
Police released that photo on Tuesday.
“The investigation has progressed in a professional, consistent and strategic manner and will continue to do so until we have identified, located and arrested the suspect or suspects responsible for Genelle’s death,” Belk said in the press conference.
Police also released a statement from Genelle’s family:
“This has been a devastating tragedy for our family and community. We need to thank everyone for the outpouring of support at the memorial site. We are very grateful for your love and support. Our family also wants to thank the Fairfield Police for working so hard to find those responsible. Right now our family is still in a state of shock. We hope everyone understands our desire for privacy during this very painful period. We are asking anyone who might know anything that might help in the investigation to please contact the Fairfield Police Department. Thank you again for your love and support during this difficult time.”