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Illinois man pleads not guilty in 1997 killing of teen found in Wisconsin

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RACINE (WKOW) -- An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the 1997 killing of 14-year-old runaway Amber Creek.

James P. Eaton is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse, and online court records say he pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Messages left with his two public defenders were not immediately returned.

The body of Creek was found in a Racine County marsh in 1997. Eaton, a 36-year-old from Palatine, Ill., was arrested in Chicago this month and accused of killing the Palatine teen.

Police were unable to develop a suspect for years, but say a federal DNA database connected Eaton to the crime in February. They also say investigators confirmed the link by tailing him and recovering DNA from a cigarette he discarded.

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