15-Year-Old Girl Charged with Elizabeth Olten's Murder
|Neighbors say the suspect is a 15-year-old girl who lived at Elizabeth's friend's house|
9-year-old Elizabeth Olten disappeared Wednesday night as she walked home from a friend's house around dinner time. Police spent two days searching for the girl in the wooded areas of St. Martins, Missouri before receiving a handwritten note Friday that led them to a 15-year-old juvenile.
Officials will only say that they plan to charge the juvenile with first-degree murder sometime this week. But according to residents, the assailant is a 15-year-old girl who lived in the house Elizabeth was leaving the night she disappeared. There's still no answer as to how or why the little girl was murdered.
|The neighborhood where Elizabeth was last seen before her murder|
The Cole County Sheriff's Department served a warrant at a house just a few doors down from where Elizabeth lived, but they haven't released the nature of the warrant. A resident in the neighborhood says a 15-year-old girl lives in the home where Elizabeth was last seen.
But it may take some time before police reveal their suspect in the case. Missouri has some rather elaborate rules about trying a juvenile as an adult. So prosecutors must first hold a closed hearing in juvenile court to petition for murder charges as an adult.
|Word is circling that Elizabeth was murdered by the sister of her friend|
UPDATE II: There's a hearing set for today on whether the 15-year-old girl will remain in jail.
But it won't be until November 18 that prosecutors go to court to petition to try her as an adult.
UPDATE III: The accused killer is reportedly the older sister of Elizabeth's friend.