Elizabeth Olten. St. Martin's Missouri. Not much information on this one. According to Nancy Grace, she is nine years old, and was reported missing within 45 minutes of her disappearance. She was walking home from a friend's house, a distance of about a quarter of a mile, in broad daylight.
CBS news blog snippet.
Her family called police when she did not arrive home by 7 p.m. Search teams were assembled at the Extreme Body and Paint shop by 7:30 p.m. and combed the wooded area using flashlights. They were still searching at around 10:20 p.m. last night. They are expected to resume the search early this morning.
ETA: STL Today reports that Elizabeth's body has been found. A juvenile is a Person of Interest.
Once again, I feel sick. One quarter of a mile from her home.
ONE QUARTER OF A MILE, people!
ETA: Yahoo News has a bit more info. Thanks for the link, Melissa.
ETA: News Tribune article says the perpetrator is 15, and a hearing is to be held to see if he or she should be tried as an adult. Laura tells me that local comments indicate a rumour that it's a girl. thanks for the link, Laura.
A girl. What reason could a 15-year-old girl have for killing a 9-year-old girl? This case gets more and more strange.