Suspect in 15-year-old girl’s murder arrested in Colorado

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – After his arrest Wednesday morning in Otero County, Colorado, Salt Lake City Police are calling 24 year old Shaun French a “suspect” in the murder of 15 year old West High School student Baleigh Bagshaw.

According to the SLCPD, Bagshaw was attacked while she was on the phone with her mother Monday afternoon inside her house near 1600 West, 500 North. On Wednesday Sgt. Brandon Shearer said that for a period of time, the suspect actually lived there with her.

“He had had a previous sexual relationship with Baleigh. He’d also lived in the home with Baleigh for a time,” Sgt. Shearer said. “He was not living in the home at the time the homicide occurred but he had had a relationship with her previously.”

Because of that, a judge issued a warrant for three counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor against French. He was arrested on those charges when Sheriff’s Deputies located him around 11:30 this morning in Otero County, Colorado where he’s currently in jail in the town of La Junta.

“Right now he’s being held on the Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor which the warrant that was issued yesterday,” Sgt. Shearer said. “As far as what the charges will be that will be determined after they’ve had the opportunity to talk with him and review the evidence in the case.”

French remains in custody in Colorado where he is awaiting extradition proceedings. Detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department are on their way to Colorado to interview him and possibly accompany him back here.

The Salt Lake City Police expressed their gratitude to the public for all the tips that the public provided to help find French.

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