Memorial honors slain 9-year-old Missouri girl

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 7:30 a.m. CDT; updated 8:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 21, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A memorial service to remember a 9-year-old Missouri girl is taking place on the one-year anniversary of her death, allegedly at the hands of a teenage neighbor.

Fourth-grader Elizabeth Olten disappeared Oct. 21, 2009, while walking home from a friend's house in St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City. Her body was found in a wooded area near her home.

Thursday's memorial is set for 5 p.m. at Jefferson City's Concord Baptist Church, where the funeral was held last year, located at 3724 W. Truman Blvd.

The memorial involves a prayer service, candle lighting and the release of balloons.

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to an adult charge of first-degree murder in the death. Bustamante remains jailed without bail, awaiting trial.


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