When I was a kid I grew up on a dead end street. Most of my friends in the neighborhood lived down the street and we were always going back and forth to each others houses. There was never a fear of being out after dark but the rule was when the street lights came on it was time to go home unless previous arrangements were made. Even on those occasions there was still no reason to fear being out in the dark walking home. What happened to those days? It is no longer safe for a child to walk alone on a street anywhere.

I just posted an article about little 7 year old Somer Renee Thompson being found dead in a landfill in Georgia after she had been missing since Monday. She was on her way home from school walking with her twin brother and older sister when an argument prompted her to run ahead of her siblings towards home. That was the last time anyone seen her alive.

Now thanks to one of our readers I am reading about yet another child disappearing off the face of the earth causing her family great grief of worry. 

Nine year old Elizabeth Olten was walking home when she left a friends home around 6:15 pm only a quarter of a mile from her home. She was last seen walking along Route D near St. Martins, Missouri near the intersection with US 50.Elizabeth is a student at Pioneer Trail Elementary in Apache Flats. She knows the area but according to neighbors she wouldn’t have just wandered off alone. Family member says she was afraid of the wooded areas and the dark so she wouldn’t be out there at night.

The family notified the police around 7 pm when Elizabeth didn’t show up at home. A search began the nearby yards, fields, and ditches using flashlights. Later on a Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter equipped with infra-red equipment to search the area. There is a pond located in the area that is being searched also.

Elizabeth is described as having long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink sweater and white shoes. Anyone with any information that could help find Elizabeth please contact the sheriff department by calling 573-634-9160.

In the meantime by prayers will be with Elizabeth praying she is safe and will return home soon. God bless her and her family.

Jan Barrett

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