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A 15 year old juvenile has been charged with first degree murder in the death of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. Elizabeth Olten went missing on October 21, 2009 and was found 2 days later in a wooded area by investigators.
Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and volunteers began searching for the girl quickly, and continued that search Thursday and Friday, until Elizabeth’s body was found about 2:40 p.m. Friday.
“It was in the woods, several hundred yards away from the houses,” White said. “We had been (searching) through that area more than once.
“The body was very well concealed.”
He would not be more specific about how the body was hidden, or whether the place where it was found also was the crime scene.
The name and gender of the juvenile charged has not been released. However, the unnamed teenage suspect is not related to Elizabeth but was acquainted with her and is from the same area just west of Jefferson City.
Authorities said Saturday that a 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 9-year-old central Missouri girl found in the woods two days after she went missing.
Police did not release the teen’s gender or name and provided few other details about the person suspected of killing Elizabeth Olten. Cole County Sheriff Greg White has said the teenage suspect is not related to Elizabeth but was acquainted with her and is from the same area just west of Jefferson City.
According to Missouri state law, children as young as 12 can be charged as adults with first-degree murder.
With Olten’s body, came the formal charge from Juvenile Court Administrator Michael Couty.
“Alleging a 15-year-old committed an offensive murder in the first degree,” Couty concluded.
Stringent Missouri juvenile laws protect most information in the case.
565.020. — First degree murder, penalty–person under sixteen years of age not to receive death penalty
The family of Bobby Jamison, Sherrilynn Jamison and their 6 year old child Madyson Jamison have been missing since October 7, 2009, although they were not officially reported missing until October 17. Their white pick truck was found on October 17 on Panola Mountain about 30 miles from the family’s Eufaula home with a little dog inside. The family was no where to be found.
Inside the Latimer County sheriff’s department found money, coats, cell phones and the family’s dog.
During a search on Friday, investigators found a pocket knife. Sheriff Israel Beauchamp said pictures of the knife would be shown to the Jamison’s family members to determine if it was a knife the couple owned.
Missing family: Bobby, Sherrilynn and Madyson Jamison (Fox 23)
“It was reported to us on Saturday, Oct. 17,” Wells said. “Some people called and said a vehicle had been sitting by the side of the road for some time with an animal in it.
“Their white pickup was found on Panola Mountain, near Red Oak,” said Latimer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chuck Wells. Law enforcement officers found the pick-up Saturday parked on a dirt road in an isolated area near a well-site where a natural gas drilling rig had once been, according to Wells.
“When their pick-up truck was found, there was a little dog inside that was still alive,” Wells said. Law enforcement officers also found a sizable amount of cash in the pick-up, he said.
The family was reported to be looking to buy land in the area. However, Sheriff Israel Beauchamp said they are not ruling out foul play.
The search for the missing Jamison family scaled back.