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Attorney General identifies body found near Great Bend as missing teenager

August 26, 2010, 10:37 a.m. Updated August 26, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

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Alicia Debolt's charred body was found at an asphalt plant near Great Bend on Wednesday. The 14-year-old had been missing since Saturday evening.

Alicia Debolt's charred body was found at an asphalt plant near Great Bend on Wednesday. The 14-year-old had been missing since Saturday evening.

— A severely charred body found at an asphalt plant in central Kansas is that of a 14-year-old girl who had been missing since the weekend, the attorney general said Thursday.

At a news conference, Attorney General Steve Six asked for the public to contact authorities if they saw or contacted Alicia DeBolt on the day she disappeared.

"We do not, based on our preliminary work, believe it was a random act of violence," Six said.

Across town at the high school where the girl was to begin her freshman year this week, no official announcement was made Thursday that her body had been identified.

"We are trying to keep school just as normal as possible," said spokeswoman Jennifer Schartz.

Guidance counselors will become grief counselors as needed in the coming days and weeks.

"This community cares for each of its children," Superintendent Tom Vernon said in a statement. "We are saddened this has happened to one of our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeBolt family in this, their time of incredible sadness."

DeBolt's mother told authorities that she last saw her daughter around 11 p.m. Saturday when she left for a party with a 19-year-old man. She was due home at midnight.

The girl's family reported her missing early Sunday afternoon after she still hadn't returned home. Authorities didn't immediately issue an Amber Alert because the girl's mother knew of DeBolt's plans to leave with the man, whom she described as her daughter's friend.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a missing-child bulletin on Monday afternoon, and the next day an employee with Venture Corp., a Great Bend paving company, found her body behind gravel piles at the company's asphalt plant five miles west of the city.

The Wichita coroner used dental records to identify the girl because her body had been burned beyond recognition, Six said.

Authorities declined to discuss the 19-year-old friend, or say whether he or anyone else was being considered a person of interest in DeBolt's disappearance.

"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," Six said.

Family members said Alicia had been excited to start school and was looking forward to being a cheerleader. She would have begun her freshman year at Great Bend High School on Monday.

Six said the family has asked for privacy while it deals with the news.

A prayer vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday in downtown Great Bend.

"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," Six said.

Outside town at the asphalt plant where her body was found, work Thursday had resumed as normal.

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Amy Heeter 4 years, 1 month ago

OMG what kind do a pig would burn her up after killing her? This person needs to be found.

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Amy Heeter 4 years, 1 month ago

Pigs are closer to humans that you might realize, but that is another debate.

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Danielle Brunin 4 years, 1 month ago

I appreciate your sentiment, but maybe the question should be, why would this sick monster kill a child in the first place?

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Amy Heeter 4 years, 1 month ago

Children are killed everyday. However it isn't often that some sick B#@& desacrates the remains like that.

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Danielle Brunin 4 years, 1 month ago

It reminds me a lot of the Nicole Winter case in Topeka. They thought they would destroy the rape evidence. She was about the same age too.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 1 month ago

This just breaks my heart! So sad!

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number1jayhawker 4 years, 1 month ago

Prayers for this girl and her family.

On a side note, this summer there was a I think a 13 year boy that wanted to go swimming. His mother wouldn't let him, so he ran away. Did this boy ever go home or is he still missing?

Thanks.

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justtired 4 years, 1 month ago

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Aileen Dingus 4 years, 1 month ago

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Aileen Dingus 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree. I think anyone that reads this article, especially in the light of the tragic outcome, would think that. Pointing it out does nothing but belabor the obvious and cause further pain for the family and friends of this girl.

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kansasredlegs 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey Keating !!!! Where are you? Doesn't this response cross your "Don't blame the Victim Line"... Let's have some consistency when you push the "delete" button. This person is just stating the obvious about the role of parents in children's lives, but it still blames the girl's mother and the girl ("people") for even going. This comment is no less offensive than when others point out conduct of "your victims", er, Complaining Witnesses, which may have placed themselves in harms way by their own acts.

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BruceWayne 4 years, 1 month ago

I disagree...I think he handled this well.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 1 month ago

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JayCat_67 4 years, 1 month ago

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ModerateOne 4 years, 1 month ago

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Christine Anderson 4 years, 1 month ago

Poor baby. This shouldn't happen to anyone.

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igby 4 years, 1 month ago

You are right, because the family should of been notified by the agency first that this was their daughter by the agency. The local Sheriff's office is required to do this by law. The press release should follow by the local Sheriff not the AG's office. The KBI is a function of all local agencies not solely the property of the AG's office, but servant to the general public to assist all local agencies.

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cntrygrl 4 years, 1 month ago

Are you suggesting that the family wasn't notified first?

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

The real question is; why would you let your fourteen yr old daughter go to a late night party with a nineteen yr old? Poor parenting, and no common sense or spine.
Is she was home where fourteen yr olds belong that time of night, she would be alive.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes, you have to be a parent and say "NO."

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Daizie Apparently, it was not obvious enough.

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