Shaun French of Salt Lake City, Utah allegedly ‘slit the throat of a teenage girl’ who police claim he was obsessed with and wanted to marry
15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw had returned from school when she was attacked on May 7, inside her Salt Lake City home
French, 24, reportedly had a year-long sexual relationship with the teen
Baleigh confessed to her mom, a days prior to the murder, that the sex started when she was 14
The suspect fled after the murder but was arrested by cops in Colorado where he is waiting to be extradited back to Utah
His friend told police French was ‘obsessed’ with Bagshaw, documents revealed
French admitted he ‘damn near cut [Baleigh’s] head off,’ to another friend, who passed the info on to investigators
Shaun French is charged with statutory rape, first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder, and aggravated burglary
He also faces second-degree felony counts of obstruction of justice and sexual exploitation
Utah man, Shaun French [photo], 24, is suspected of killing 15-year-old, Baleigh Bagshaw, has been charged with aggravated murder
Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, was found dead at her Salt Lake City home on May 7, sparking a national manhunt for Shaun French, 24, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with her.
French, who was arrested just days later, reportedly admitted to a friend that he killed the teen at her home, saying he ‘damn near cut her head off,’ according court documents obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune.
The documents also revealed that French allegedly called Bagshaw days before her death and wanted to meet up with her about accusations that he raped her.
He was allegedly with a friend right before he stopped by the teen’s Salt Lake City home
Bagshaw (pictured) was found dead at her Salt Lake City home on May 7, sparking a national manhunt for Shaun French, 24, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with her.
After the teenager’s death, the suspect fled the state line to Wyoming where he reportedly dumped incriminating evidence in a convenience store trash can.
Chasing the trail, investigators from Salt Lake City, Utah crossed over the state line and searched the Uintah County landfill.
They found a backpack full of bloody clothing and a knife, in the landfill
French reportedly left the friend at a park and went to Bagshaw’s house.
According to court documents, when French came back, he had blood on his face and hands and said he’d cut the girl’s throat.
French then told his friend that they needed to leave town, according to the Tribune. They made their first stop in Wyoming where they reportedly dumped a backpack full of bloody clothing in a convenience store trash can.
Shaun French fled to Wyoming where he reportedly dumped a backpack full of bloody clothing in a convenience store trash can. Investigators seen searching the Uintah County landfill [photo], eventually found a backpack full of the discarded bloody clothing and the alleged murder weapon
More than 250 officers searched the Uintah County landfill in Wyoming and located a backpack full of bloody clothing, a knife, a balaclava, duct tape, rubber gloves and latex gloves, documents revealed.
Another of his friends told police that French was ‘obsessed’ with Bagshaw and said he wanted to marry her.
A few days before Bagshaw was killed, the teen reportedly told her mother that she had sex with French, confessing that the sex began when she was 14.
A short time later, Bagshaw’s mother received nude photos of the teenager through a Facebook account created by French.
The victim’s mother reportedly talked about reporting French, who they believed was behind the account, to police.
‘I damn near cut her head off’, French (left), reportedly admitted to a friend that he killed the teen [right], at her home. He was arrested just days later
Police said French fled Salt Lake City in a camouflage-painted Daihatsu SUV with a Wyoming license plate after the murder
Police said French fled Salt Lake City in a camouflage-painted Daihatsu SUV with a Wyoming license plate
A day later, French called his brother, saying he was going to be charged with rape and wanted to cut his own throat, the Tribune reported.
French was tracked down and arrested two weeks ago in southeast Colorado, where is currently being held at the Otero County Jail until he’s extradited back to Utah.|
He was initially charged with three counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor, before being slapped with the aggravated murder charge.
Bagshaw had been returning from school, and was chatting to her mother on the phone when she was ‘brutally attacked’ and killed, police said.
Her mother heard part of the assault before the line went silent. She alerted a neighbor, who went round to check on Bagshaw before alerting police. The neighbor found the teen’s body just after 3pm.
Shaun French used to live in the same house as Baleigh and her family, but he was not living there at the time of the teen’s death. He fled to Wyoming and on to Colorado after killing the teen. He is is currently being held at the Otero County Jail, Col., until he’s extradited back to Utah
French was tracked down and arrested two weeks ago in southeast Colorado, where he is currently being held at the Otero County Jail until he’s extradited back to Utah
Bagshaw always phoned her mother when she got home from West High school, according to Deseret News.
Bagshaw was meant to be working at Leatherby’s Family Creamery, an ice-cream shop, but her mother phoned to say she could not come in due to a ‘family emergency’.
Co-worker Gwendolyn Robinson described the teenager as ‘very sweet’, adding: ‘She worked very hard. She was a good girl.
‘I expect her to be walking into work still. It’s not computing.’
Police said that certain ‘evidence’ was ‘widely spread throughout the home and throughout the area’.
French used to live in the same house as Bagshaw but was not living there at the time of her death.
He’d moved in with the family in February 2017, when Bagshaw was 14 years old and he was 23 years old.
A relative of Bagshaw told police they saw French having sexual relations with the girl on three occasions.
French was charged on May 8 with statutory rape. On Friday four more crimes were added to the list: first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, and second-degree felony counts of obstruction of justice and sexual exploitation.