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Memorial honors slain 9-year-old Missouri girl

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- 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 was set for 5 p.m. at Jefferson City's Concord Baptist Church, where the funeral was held last year. The memorial is to involve 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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