ST. MARTINS — Cole County authorities are looking for a 9-year-old girl who did not return home after visiting a friend.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White says Elizabeth Olten did not arrive home Wednesday evening after leaving a friend's home about 6:15 p.m. She was supposed to walk a quarter mile to her home on Route D near St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City.
Her family called police when she had not arrived by 7 p.m.
A Cole County sheriff's deputy says the search was scheduled to resume early Thursday.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the girl's family members said she is afraid of the woods and the dark, so she wouldn't be out at night.
Elizabeth Olten has long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink sweater, T-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Cole County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 634-9160.