Though police have released few details about the alleged killer of a 9-year-old Missouri girl, a grim portrait of the 15-year-old female suspect has begun to emerge based on dark writings on the Internet including a YouTube profile in which "killing people" is listed under the girl's hobbies.
Several messages on what is believed to be the suspect's Twitter page, which have now been erased, poetically discuss "addiction," "terrors" and the feeling of being caged and "buried." Another post talks about pain and the author's search for a reason for it.
On the girl's YouTube page, a video appears to show the suspect with her brothers purposefully shocking themselves on an electrified fence.
Police will only say that the unnamed suspect was an acquaintance of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whose body was found in a wooded area near Olten's home on Oct. 23 after the suspect led police to it. The 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder.
Olten vanished Oct. 21, but it wasn't long after that police found what Cole Country Sheriff Greg White called "written evidence" that led them to the suspect.
"We were able to obtain some physical evidence, and through some analysis of some of the evidence and in all honesty some written evidence, we were able to develop a person of interest," Sheriff White said last month. "Once we reached that person and interviewed them, ultimately, they led us to where we've recovered Elizabeth's body."
Police did not release details about how Olten died.
The police had already searched the area, but the body had been "very well concealed," White told The Associated Press.
Kurt Valentine, the suspect's attorney, urged officials to be cautious with their judgments of the suspect, who he referred to as a child.
"I would ask that they wait, that they listen to the facts as they come out and not judge quickly," Valentine said. "Learn about this person, learn about this child. You're dealing with a child."
The suspect does not have a prior criminal record, police said. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 to determine whether the suspect should be tried as an adult.