Letter to FOX40 Could Provide Clues to Jessica Funk-Haslam's Killer


It's a case that's shocked a community - the body of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, found in a Rosemont park dugout. Her killer is still out there.

"Are you worried about this becoming a cold case?" FOX40 asked Sacramento Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Barnes, who heads the Homicide Bureau.

"Yes, I am," Barnes said.

Investigators have received hundreds of tips. Among the most recent, a letter sent to Fox40.

The top reads,"Re: Jessica Funk Haslam."

The first line: "I believe this information may lead you to the killer of Jessica."

Cops are taking the letter seriously.

"I was made aware of this, this morning," Barnes said. "And today, we're obviously picking this up."

The anonymous letter lists two specific addresses they want detectives to check out.

"This (the addresses) does not look familiar," Fox40 asked.

"It does not," Barnes said.

The letter also mentions that there may be gang connections.

"A gang element is something we obviously looked at," Barnes said. "We're not ruling out anything until we actually find the person or people responsible."

Detectives welcome any help. It doesn't matter in what form.

"If it's this way, great. If it's via text message, however someone feels comfortable giving the information, we're receptive to it. It will be followed up with the Homicide Bureau," Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The hope ultimately, it will lead them to Jessica's killer.

"If this was random, or this was a revenge type, we don't know but we're still looking at everything," Barnes added.

To text tips to the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau:

Text to: 274637 (Crimes)

Message should include: SACTIP, followed by your tip

The Sheriff's Communication Center: 916-874-5115

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