A 6-year-old girl found dead in a canal near her home was sexually assaulted, police said Wednesday as detectives hunted a suspect.

Authorities in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan said the girl was reported missing by her mother early Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, police ruled Sierra Newbold’s death a homicide and said an autopsy determined she had been sexually assaulted.

“At this time no suspects have been identified and we do not have any persons of interest,” Police Chief Doug Diamond said.

“There is obviously a predator out there that is a monster, that has murdered a child,” Diamond told NBC station KSL. “Is this predator targeting other children? I have no idea at this point. Our highest priority now is to identify, arrest, and successfully prosecute the person or persons responsible for this crime.”

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