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S.L. POLICE HUNTING GIRL'S KILLER

Salt Lake police detectives are continuing their search for a suspect in the drowning and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl.

"They have a number of people to check out, and they're not focusing on anyone at this point," said Lt. Phil Kirk.Rosie Tapia was found Sunday morning, her body floating in a surplus canal of the Jordan River. Preliminary results of an autopsy completed Monday morning indicate the girl was sexually assaulted and then drowned.

Her mother, Lewine Tapia, thinks her daughter disappeared between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and that the girl was abducted through the window of her bedroom at the family's apartment, 1601 W. Snow Queen Place (1675 South).

"The window was wide open. The blinds were down, and the curtain was parted aside," she said. "I screamed her name."

Detectives have interviewed several neighbors, including a man the Tapia family said delivered Rosie to their door on Saturday after she fell at a playground.

"As far as a I know, he's no more of a suspect than anyone else," Kirk said.

Sgt. Sam Hemingway, supervisor of the city's homicide unit, has assigned a number of detectives to the case, Kirk said.

They and bloodhounds from the Utah State Prison combed the banks of the canal Monday afternoon looking for any physical evidence.

Kirk said he could not reveal what, if any, items might have been collected.

Meantime, parents of other children who live near the complex are nervous.

"I'm moving. I can't deal with it," said Jalanna Ward, a mother of three who lives in a basement apart-ment nearby. "My kids are sleeping in the front room, near my bedroom. I didn't sleep too well last night because I kept checking on them."

Ward said her daughter, who is also 6, had played with Rosie Tapia before at a neighborhood playground.

"She knows (Rosie) fell in the river, but that's about it. I haven't talked to her about the autopsy. I don't know if I will," she said.