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Man pleads not guilty to killing runaway and dumping her in Wisconsin

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A suburban Chicago man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing a runaway girl and leaving her body in a Racine County marsh 17 years ago.  

Thirty-six-year-old James Eaton of Palatine Illinois entered his pleas to charges of homicide and hiding a corpse.  

He's accused of killing 14-year-old Amber Creek of Palatine in 1997. Her battered body was later found in a marsh near Burlington.  

For years, investigators could not find a suspect. Then in February, officials said a DNA database linked Eaton to the victim.  

Investigators then followed him, and they identified him by recovering his DNA from cigarette butt he dropped at Chicago area transit station.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)