Elizabeth Olten, 9, left her friend’s house in St. Martins, Mo. around dusk on the evening of October 21, 2009. When she didn’t return home a short time later, her parents called police to report her missing.
Authorities searching for a missing Cole County, Mo., girl have found a body and arrested a juvenile described as a “person of interest” in the case, authorities announced this afternoon.
The body of Elizabeth Olten, 9, of St. Martins was found deep in the woods away from the initial search area, Cole County Sheriff Greg White announced in a televised press conference. Authorities also recovered Elizabeth’s cell phone, he said.
The person of interest is an older juvenile who was acquainted with Elizabeth, White said. He did not provide the juvenile’s age or say how he knew Elizabeth.