GREAT BEND, Kan. (CBS/KWCH) Investigators have identified a severely charred body found Tuesday at an asphalt plant in central Kansas as that of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, who had been missing since Saturday, according to the attorney general.
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six says the investigation is ongoing and that it is being classified as a homicide, reports CBS affiliate KWCH.
Tammy Conrad, Alicia's mother, told officials that she last saw her daughter around 11:00 p.m. Saturday when she left her Great Bend house for a party with a 19-year-old man. The two were supposed to meet another friend at a local gas station, but they never arrived, according to Conrad.
Alicia was due home at midnight, when she didn't return home her mother notified the police.
Authorities didn't immediately issue an Amber Alert because Conrad knew of her daughter's plans to leave with the man, whom she described as Alicia's friend.
Alicia's body was found behind a rock pile in a construction materials storage yard five miles southwest of the city, according to KWCH. The Wichita coroner had to use dental records to identify the young girl's body because it was burned beyond recognition, said Six.
Police have questioned a 19-year-old, but aren't indicating if that's the same person who picked Alicia up from her home Saturday night.
"It is a tragedy, of course, when anyone is killed, but when a young 14-year-old child is lost to the community I know Great Bend feels that. I know Alicia's classmates feel that," said Six.
Alicia was expected to begin her freshman year at Great Bend High School Monday. Family members say she was eagerly looking forward to being a cheerleader.
A prayer vigil is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Sunday in downtown Great Bend. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Investigators do not believe the case is a "random act of violence." "There is not a single person, given the nature of the case and the fact a child was involved, who will rest until we have done everything we can on this case," said Six.
Authorities have yet to make any arrests in the investigation.
Anyone with information on her disappearance is urged to contact the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120.