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Re: 9 year old Elizabeth Olten - missing - Missouri
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 03:00:41 PM »
RIP Elizabeth.  :'( :'( :'( :'( Another little one has her angel wings before she has a chance to live life to its fullest.

Body of Missing Missouri Girl, 9, Found in Woods

Friday, October 23, 2009

 The body of a 9-year-old Missouri girl who vanished walking home from a friend's house was found in a heavily wooded area Friday.

An "older juvenile" suspect led authorities to Elizabeth Olten's body, deep in the woods near where an exhaustive search for the child was under way for much of the day.

Elizabeth disappeared just after she started walking home from a friend's house Wednesday night.

"There's been no contact with her since then," Cole County Sheriff Greg White told Fox News earlier Friday, before Elizabeth was found dead.

White said Elizabeth spoke with her parents on the phone before she left her friend's house.

"Her parents said she should leave and get home," he told Fox.

About 70 investigators worked on leads Friday and another 70 people spent the day scouring woody, uneven terrain west of Jefferson City, Mo.


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Re: 9 year old Elizabeth Olten - missing - Missouri
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 08:40:57 PM »
I did not even know about this case until today, but I believe a 15 year old has been charged in this case, not sure. I read it on a sight, but there was not a lot of information and that is about what I got out of it. ::) ::) ::)


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Re: 9 year old Elizabeth Olten - missing - Missouri
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2010, 02:44:35 PM »
you were right Cape!!

15-Year-Old Girl Charged with Elizabeth Olten's Murder By Pete Kotz in Child Abuse, homicide Thursday, Oct. 29 2009 @ 11:19AM468 comment(s) 
Neighbors say the suspect is a 15-year-old girl who lived at Elizabeth's friend's house
​UPDATE: See Alyssa Bustamante, 15, Charged With Slaying 9-Year-Old Elizabeth Olten.

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.

The teen then showed detectives Elizabeth's body, which was found in a deeply wooded area that had already been searched. She was so obstructed by foliage that they'd missed her the first time through...

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
​UPDATE: Police have a warrant to search a neighbor's house, but they still haven't released the name of a suspect in the case.

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.

The 15-year-old girl accused of murdering Elizabeth Olten is reportedly the older sister of the girl she was playing with the day she was killed. The girl was not granted her release in a closed hearing yesterday. However, a judge ruled that her hearing scheduled for November 18 will be open to the public. That will determine if the girl is tried as an adult. But the judge is barring recordings and photographs.

Kurt Valentine, the teen's lawyer, argued against the ruling, saying the publicity would hinder the girl's chances for a fair trial. "There's been a lot of speculation, but now we will have in giant headlines my client's name," Valentine told the Associated Press. "There is no way in the world that could possibly be in the best interest of this particular juvenile."


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Re: 9 year old Elizabeth Olten - missing - Missouri
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2010, 02:47:09 PM »
Alyssa Bustamante, 15, Charged With Slaying of 9-Year-Old Elizabeth OltenBy Pete Kotz in Child Abuse, Douchebags, homicide Monday, Nov. 23 2009 @ 4:07PM722 comment(s) 
Alyssa Bustamante reportedly killed the little girl just to see what it felt like
​UPDATE: Alyssa Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to murdering Elizabeth Olten. See update after the jump...

A Missouri judge ruled that 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante can be tried as an adult in the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten. According to police, she killed the little girl just because she "wanted to know what it felt like."

Elizabeth was last seen October 21 as she was leaving a friend's home in St. Martins, Missouri around supper time, just down the street from her own home. She promptly vanished. A massive search was launched to look for her body in the rural, wooded area...

Police searched three days for Elizabeth before they were led to her grave
​Detectives say some sort of written evidence led them to Bustamante, who lives at the home where Elizabeth was playing. Bustamante led detectives into the woods, where two graves had been dug the week before. That's where they found Elizabeth's body.

Police aren't saying who was supposed to fill the second grave, but according to Sergeant David Rice of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Bustamante confessed to killing the little girl because she just "wanted to know what it felt like." The graves would imply premeditation, and police are pushing for first-degree murder charges.

Though Bustamante attempted suicide two years ago, she was a fairly strong student at Jefferson City High School, hitting A's and B's and rarely missing class.

She will make an appearance in adult court this afternoon.

Bustamante reportedly stabbed the little girl and slit her throat
​UPDATE: After a 2007 suicide attempt, Alyssa Bustamante received intensive help from social services.

Unfortunately, it didn't seem to help. In court testimony yesterday, social service workers say the 15-year-old has a history of cutting herself and has been on Prozac since 2007. She also had a 10-day stay at Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center following her suicide attempt and was evaluated after that on a daily basis.

But Bustamante, as you can imagine, doesn't come from the best of homes. Her grandma has been taking care of her and her younger siblings since 2002. There's no word on where her parents are, but in most cases where they dump the kids on grandma, you can assume they're not exactly stand-up people.

Bustamante's also dabbled in goth stuff. Usually that just means nerdy kids wearing black and trying to find cool in their own social group. But in her case, it seems she took an interest in the darker side a bit too far, like the recent case of horrorcore rapper Richard McCroskey, who killed four people in Virginia over a minor beef with his 16-year-old girlfriend.

Alyssa was a gifted student with a girl's fascination of death
​One of the reasons Bustamante will be tried as an adult is because Missouri's juvenile system is downright pitiful. There are no high-security facilities for girls, and more than 600 kids have escaped from its juvenile institutions in the last 10 years.

Staying in the juvenile system would also require her release at age 21. When you murder a young girl by digging her grave a week earlier -- and presumably plan to kill someone else -- you should probably be locked up for a lot longer than six years.

UPDATE II: Bustamante apparently killed the little girl by strangling her, stabbing her and slitting her throat.

But due to defense objections, prosecutors won't say who the other grave was intended for, or what kind of written evidence led them to Bustamante.

A public defender has filed a motion asking that she be placed in a state mental health hospital for immediate treatment. A video she once had on YouTube claimed her hobbies were "killing people" and "cutting." She also posted a video in which she intentionally shocks herself on an electric fence, then pushes her two young brothers to do it.

Alyssa's mom is a dope addict, while her dad is in the Missouri pen for assault
​UPDATE III: Alyssa Bustamante attended a Mormon church and was seen as a gifted student who didn't apply herself.

That seems to be the latest take on the girl accused in this horrific slaying. Neighbors and social workers say her grandparents made a good home for Alyssa and her brothers and sisters, even though her parents are losers.

Alyssa's mom Michelle Bustamante has a history of drug and alcohol charges. Her father Ceasar Bustamante is doing time in a Missouri prison for assault. But her grandparents, who've had custody of the kids since 2002, apparently provided a decent home.

Alyssa attended a Mormon church with her grandparents in Jefferson City and participated in youth activities. Tests at school revealed her as a gifted student who had a propensity to slack on occasion.

Perhaps most chilling is that she killed a girl who frequently played at her house. Neighbors say Elizabeth was a regular guest at Bustamante's home to play with the kids, including Alyssa. Why she would kill a little girl she knew so well remains a mystery.

Also see 15-Year-Old-Girl Charged with Elizabeth Olten's Murder

9-Year-Old Elizabeth Olten is Missing in Missouri After Walking Home From a Friend's House

Finally, you can see the videos Alyssa made prior to the murder at our sister paper, the Riverfront Times.

UPDATE III: Alyssa Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to murdering Elizabeth Olten.

That may be a little strange, since she's already confessed to murdering the little girl. But in court yesterday, her lawyer put in the plea on her behalf.

The attorney is also asking for a change of venue, saying the people of Jefferson City, Missouri are prejudiced against her client. It seems said lawyer doesn't know that this is what happens when you kill a little girl just to see what it feels like.


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Re: 9 year old Elizabeth Olten - missing - Missouri
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2012, 09:06:27 PM »
Verdict is in!

Missouri teen gets life in killing of neighbor, 9
Wed February 8, 2012

CNN) -- An 18-year-old Missouri resident received a life sentence Wednesday for the thrill killing of her 9-year-old neighbor, authorities said.
Alyssa Bustamante received a life sentence for the October 2009 death of Elizabeth K. Olten, according to the Cole County Circuit Court clerk's office in Jefferson City. She also got 30 years for armed criminal action.
Bustamante, who has the possibility of parole, allegedly told police she killed Olten because she wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone.
"These sentences are appropriate and fit what happened to Elizabeth at the hands of a truly evil individual who strangled and stabbed an innocent child simply for the thrill of it," Cole County prosecuting attorney Mark Richardson said in a statement.
Bustamante, wearing a bright green inmate's uniform, apologized to the Olten family in court, according to CNN Columbia affiliate KOMU.

"I know that words can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horrible I feel for all of this," Bustamante said. "I'm so sorry. If I could give my life to get her back, I would."
The judge ordered Bustamante, who entered a guilty plea in January, to serve her sentences consecutively. Bustamante was 15 at the time of the crime.
"Hundreds of law enforcement officers and regular citizens of Cole County searched for Elizabeth for two days and nights in the cold and pouring rain in October of 2009," according to Richardson. "The discovery of Elizabeth's mutilated body in a shallow grave is something that this entire community has been grieving for more than two years."
Defense attorneys told reporters that the sentence was "harsh" and that their client was not fully competent and suffers from depression, KOMU reported.
Bob Watson, media coordinator for Cole County Circuit Court, said a life sentence in Missouri equates to a maximum of 30 years on the charge of second-degree murder. Bustamante could serve a maximum of 60 years because of the consecutive sentence.

First picture is Elizabeth K. Olten, 9, who was killed by her neighbor in Missouri in October 2009.

Second and third two pictures of convicted killer Alyssa Bustamante