ST. MARTINS, Mo. | Authorities have charged a 15-year-old with first-degree murder for the death of a 9-year-old girl in central Missouri.
Cole County Juvenile Court Administrator Michael Couty said today that the 15-year-old is being detained for the death of Elizabeth Olten. Police did not release the teen's gender or name.
Elizabeth's body was found Friday — two days after she went missing — after the suspect led police to a wooded area near her home west of Jefferson City. Cole County Sheriff Greg White said today that the girl was found in an area that had previously been searched but she had been "very well concealed."
White said Elizabeth was acquainted with the suspect but declined to elaborate.