Yesterday Alyssa Bustamante was back in court in Cole County Missouri and in a procedure that lasted less than a couple of minutes her lawyer appointed by the court entered a plea of not guilty for the 15 year old teenager. Just last month Alyssa Bustamante was in court and was certified to stand trial as an adult. Standing trial as an adult could mean the 15 year old could get life without parole for the premeditated murder of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. Elizabeth Olten disappeared after supposedly leaving the home of a playmate on October 19, and her body was found buried in the woods 2 days later after Alyssa Bustamante allegedly confessed to killing Elizabeth and leading police to where the teen had buried her.
Alyssa Bustamante has confessed to planning and murdering a playmate of her cousin’s “just to see what it is like to kill”. Alyssa Bustamante used the day off of school on the Friday before the murder to go into the woods and dig two holes in the ground. Some question whether Alyssa Bustamante intended to kill not one but two people that day. Alyssa Bustamante allegedly made notes or diary entries showing her plan to kill Elizabeth Olten in the days before she carried out her plan of strangling, stabbing and cutting the nine year olds throat and then burying her body in the woods.
Now the teen is represented by a court appointed attorney and the courts are discussing whether to move Alyssa Bustamante’s trial out of Cole County as they feel she cannot get a fair trial there. Alyssa Bustamante like many teens had a social network life and CBS Crimesider has posted pictures of Alyssa Bustamante that one graced the internet. In addition it was previously reported that Alyssa Bustamante had been receiving treatment for depression and had been inpatient at a Missouri hospital.
CNN News says a 15 year old girl has been charged in the murder of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten from Saint Martin’s Missouri. Elizabeth Olten went missing October 21st after calling her home and telling her family she was leaving to walk home. From what is being reported Elizabeth Olten’s death may have been premeditated by this 15 year old female juvenile.
According to CNN News, the police say there is “written evidence” that the murder was premeditated. As Nancy Grace notes premeditated does not mean it was a long planned out murder, and premeditated could mean just minutes or a few hour of preparation. Whether it was a long planned out murder or spontaneous remains unknown.
It is reported that the juvenile who was arrested last week on Friday, is the same juvenile that led the police to Elizabeth Olten’s body buried deep in the woods. CNN reports “authorities received an anonymous letter leading them to the juvenile who lead police to Elizabeth”.
Little is being reported on the 15 year old girl charged with Elizabeth Olten’s murder, although the juvenile has been living in the custody of family members other than parents and the reason is unknown as to why this is the case.
The juvenile may be tried as an adult in Missouri if the courts decide the murder was malicious and preplanned. In Missouri children as young as 12 years of age have been tried as adults in the court system. Today there is a hearing to determine whether the female 15 year old juvenile will remain in custody at detention while awaiting trial.
Seriously I cannot believe this is even an issue if authorities strongly feel she is the murderer of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. In my mind there are no questions that need to be considered. If this person may have killed once – certainly she should remain in custody at this time for her safety and the safety of everyone else.
This missing child alert is for 9 year old Elizabeth Olten from Saint Martin’s Missouri. Elizabeth Olten is in fourth grade and was reported missing by her family when she did not return home from a friend’s house on October 21. Elizabeth Olten’s family quickly contacted police to report her missing around 7 pm when she failed to arrive home after leaving a friend’s home around 6:15 pm. Elizabeth Olten’s home is reported to be less than a quarter mile from her friend’s home.
In between the two homes are four houses, which backup to a wooded area. In that wooded area authorities had been able to ping the missing child’s cell phone, but subsequent searches by authorities have been unable to locate the cell phone or Elizabeth Olten. Authorities continue to search for Elizabeth Olten a missing 9 year old girl who lives in Saint Martin’s Missouri in the wooded area but have been unable to ping the child’s cell phone any further likely due to a dead battery.
Elizabeth Olten’s family told authorities they do not believe Elizabeth would have entered the wooded area by herself as she is afraid of the dark and afraid of the woods. This means either Elizabeth was forced to enter the woods and dropped her cell phone or her cell phone was places in the woods by someone else. Authorities are searching for Elizabeth Olten in the area of Saint Martin Missouri specifically in the area of the 600 block to 200 block of Rte. D.
Please contact the Cole County Sheriff’s Department at 573-634-9100 if you have any information regarding Elizabeth Olten’s disappearance. Elizabeth Olten has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 102 pounds. At the time she disappeared Elizabeth Olten was wearing a pink scarf, pink shirt, pink sweater, blue jeans and white gym shoes. Here is Elizabeth Olten’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children missing child poster.
Elizabeth Olten’s body has been found deep in the woods near her home. The authorities were led to the body by a juvenile who is also listed as a person of interest. Further information to follow.
According to the Chicago Tribune a juvenile has been arrested in the murder of Elizabeth Olten. Olten age 9 disappeared on her way home from a friend’s house. The juvenile according to authorities is 15 and can be tried as an adult.