Person of interest in murder of 15-year-old in Utah taken into custody

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A person of interest in the murder of a 15-year-old girl in Utah, who was believed to be heading to the Cleveland area, has been taken into custody in Colorado.

Salt Lake City police say Shaun French, 24, was wanted for questioning in the homicide of Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, who was killed Monday afternoon. Bagshaw was violently attacked after she returned home from school, KSTU reports.

Her mother heard part of the attack, police say.

"She was on the phone with her mother, she was brutally attacked while inside her home," said Sgt. Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake Police Department. "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, and who also contacted police."

A warrant was issued for French's arrest. He faces a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Police say French had lived in the same home as Bagshaw, but wasn't living there when she was found dead.

Police said they believed French was traveling east on Interstate 80 in a 1991 Daihatsu Rocky with camouflage paint. He was said to be considered armed and dangerous.

But, once again, he has been taken into custody; however, police have not released further details surrounding his arrest.

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