West Jordan, UT – Early Tuesday morning, Kathy and Brad Newbold awoke to find that their six-year-old daughter, Sierra, was missing. She wasn’t in her bed at the family’s suburban Salt Lake City home. She wasn’t anywhere. Kathy Newbold called police to report her daughter missing, and within a half hour, Sierra’s body was located in a canal a block from her house. Yesterday, an autopsy found that Sierra was sexually assaulted and murdered while her parents slept.
That’s the story, so far. Cute little girl allegedly abducted from her bed, apparently murdered, dumped in a canal. It’s already national news. The parents are not, at this time, considered suspects. West Jordan is on high predator alert. It’s a tragedy. So far, it appears to be that rarest of crimes – a stranger abduction. Not unheard of in Utah (see Elizabeth Smart), but uncommon anywhere.
I dunno, though. Maybe I’m cynical, jaded by years of stories that start out this way and end with a parent or weird relative or family friend on trial. Maybe it’s the lack of detail often seen in a new case, the lack of evidence of a break-in at Sierra’s home. Or maybe it’s exactly what it looks like. But this story smacks of weeks of Nancy Grace yelling “Little Sierra! Found brutally raped and murdered in Utah!” on TV.
Whatever happened to Sierra was horrible. I have no doubt that she died afraid, hurting, and with no hope of help. I hate that. It makes me want to hurl things, punch walls and tire-iron the perpetrator in the balls. The problem is, there are no suspects as yet. No idea who could have gotten into the house, taken a child, and done what was done to her. It’s Danielle Van Dam all over again. It’s JonBenet. Or maybe it’s Haleigh Cummings, or Rowan Ford.
Who murdered Sierra Newbold? I don’t know, and neither do the police. But I know this. I’m sick and tired of kids getting used and thrown away so that some pervert can get off. Whoever killed her – stranger, friend, or family – I hope he or she gets everything they’ve got coming. And I hope that in this case, justice will be served.Tags: canal, Missing child, Murder, Sexual Assault, Sierra Newbold, Utah