ST. MARTINS, Mo. (AP) The search for 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten has ended in tragedy.
Police in central Missouri say they have recovered the body of the missing girl and have a juvenile "person of interest" in custody.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White told reporters Friday that the person of interest and Elizabeth were acquainted. White would not give any details about the person of interest except to say the individual lived in the area west of Jefferson City and was older than Elizabeth.
Police said the juvenile led searchers to the nine-year-old's body in a wooded area.
Elizabeth had last been seen when she started walking home from a neighbor's house on Wednesday.
The search and horrific end mirrors another case in Florida, where 7-year-old Somer Thompson's body was found in a landfill after a three-day search.