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Teen says she was there the night boy died

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A mattress, bedside table and space heater can be seen among the ashes of 1407 N. Third St. where the body of Cameron Satterley was discovered two months following the fire. The 14-year-old was reported missing three days prior to the house fire.

Rumors and uncertainty surround the case of a body that was found at 1407 N. Third St. on April 25, and now a teen who says she was there on the February night Cameron Satterley died is wanting to shed some light on the events of that evening.

“They need to know what the truth is, because there’s stuff out there that isn’t right,” the teen, who News-Press NOW is not naming, said. “What is being said is not what happened. The kid was never beaten. They never intentionally caught the kid on fire.”

The 17-year-old, who said she was questioned by St. Joseph police in April, said Satterley, who she was familiar with but didn’t really know, was staying in the house in February after running away from home. She said she believes at least two of the three other juveniles who also were in the house that night, Feb. 20, were runaways as well. The teen said she had gone to the house to bring food to a friend, and the young men were vandalizing the house. At some point, the boys decided to set a fire to cover up that they had been there, she said.

Cameron Satterley

Cameron Lane Satterley

The teen said at the time the house caught on fire, Satterley had fallen asleep and she did not see him after running out of the house.

“I ran out of the house first, and I was walking home,” the teen recalled. “They (the other three boys who had been in the house) came walking behind me and asked if they could come home with me. I told them no.”

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The News-Press reached out to Capt. Jeff Wilson of the St. Joseph Police Department, who declined to confirm whether police spoke with the 17-year-old or comment on any of the details she gave.

Satterley was identified by a family member Tuesday as the victim found in the burned house.

The boy, 14, went missing on Feb. 17, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s missing persons filings. However, it wasn’t until April 25 that the body was found in the house that had caught fire three days following the young man’s disappearance.

The death has been classified as suspicious by the St. Joseph Police Department, and three minors have been charged in connection with the case. Two of the boys have been charged with arson and abandonment of a corpse, and the other has been charged only with abandonment of a corpse.

All of the charges were filed in Buchanan County Juvenile Court.

The identities of the three boys, ages 10, 11 and 15, have not been released. According to Linda Meyer, chief juvenile officer for Buchanan County, only the 15-year-old could potentially be charged as an adult under Missouri statutes, but she still is looking at the facts of the case before considering certification.

Jessika Eidson can be reached

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