Suspect in teen's death in Utah arrested in Otero County


"While on the phone with her mother, [she] was violently attacked by an intruder".

She told the station that she was aware Baleigh had been in a relationship with French, but did not know it was sexual in nature. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that soon after her daughter called her, Shawna Bagshaw heard her girl screaming and being "brutally attacked" before the line went dead.

While not an official suspect, French "definitely has a connection with Baleigh and the family, so it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for him to be in the area", said Shearer.

It's not clear what brought French to Colorado.

French, 24, once lived in the same house as Bagshaw and her family, but did not live there when Bagshaw was murdered. Her 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".

She was found dead when police responded to the scene.

Authorities say that French and Baleigh had a sexual relationship - and indeed, at the time of Baleigh's murder he had an active warrant for unlawful sexual acts with a minor.

'I can't even guess what the mother would be going through right now. "Our hearts and thoughts are with her". "And that's what makes everything so heartbreaking, honestly", Talia said. She was really friendly and nice.

Sister-in-law Nichole Newman Cannon wrote: 'I will always remember the amusing jokes at the times I needed my head lifted up.

A former high school classmate of French told KUTV that she was not surprised by the news of his arrest.

"At this point he is being held in Colorado until extradition can take place and he is brought back to Utah", Shearer said.

Baleigh Bagshaw had just returned home and was on the phone with her mother was she was attacked and killed.