Officials say slain girl was sexually assaulted

Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 12:03 a.m.

NORTH PORT — A 6-year-old girl found dead in the woods near her home was sexually assaulted and more than one person was involved in the attack, authorities said Friday.

Coralrose Fullwood's body was found in the woods two blocks from her family's North Port home on Sept. 17, hours after her parents reported her missing from her bed.

"The preliminary autopsy on Coralrose indicated no obvious signs of sexual battery," North Port police Chief Terry Lewis said. "Now, we have forensics evidence indicating a sexual battery did in fact occur."

Lewis would not elaborate on DNA evidence or where it was found. Lewis said the second person either had knowledge of or participated in the assault. No one has been arrested in the slaying.

Coralrose's father, Dale Fullwood, was arrested in October on two counts of possession of child pornography unrelated to the slaying of his daughter. He pleaded not guilty and faces a July trial.

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