Where is Alyssa Bustamante Today? Explained

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 18, 2023 (Last updated: June 2, 2023)

Where is Alyssa Bustamante Today? We discuss the murderer Alyssa Bustamante, which will detail the crime she committed. Reader discretion is advised.

The disturbing and horrific story of Alyssa Bustamante has been documented in various ways over the years.

A Netflix documentary in 2012 and an episode of Evil Up Close all covered the events.

The story of a teenage murderer and the heinous crime she committed has been the focus of attention for many people interested in the true crime genre. This article will answer the question, where is Alyssa Bustamante today?

This article may contain details that some people will find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.

What did Alyssa Bustamante do to Elizabeth Olten?

The fifteen-year-old Alyssa planned and murdered her nine-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten. The child would be led to a secluded woodland area, with the help of Alyssa’s younger sibling, where the child was stabbed and placed in a makeshift grave.

A medical evaluation would state that Alyssa was “psychologically damaged” and “severely emotionally disturbed.”

The emotionally charged murder trial would be traumatic for all involved, and the general public was shocked when they heard that Alyssa committed the crime because she wanted to know what it would be like to kill someone.

Alyssa was on medication for depression and had also attempted suicide before the crime. She had also been self-harming, and an interview with a friend revealed that Alyssa had told her about wanting to kill someone.

Where is Alyssa Bustamante today?

Alyssa would be placed on trial in November 2009, where she would confess to the murder. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and, to avoid the death penalty pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

Alyssa is still in jail and may be eligible for parole in 2024.

How did Alyssa Bustamante get caught?

After the murder, Elizabeth’s mother would call the police to report her missing. The next day the FBI would be involved and would question Alyssa about the crime. The authorities would seize her diary and find entries documenting the murder.

After searching the area, the FBI would find a shallow grave that had been made behind her house where the body of Elizabeth had been buried.

How many years did Alyssa Bustamante get in prison?

Alyssa was sentenced to life imprisonment with a chance of parole after 30 years.

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