A spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County district attorney says a judge has extended the term of the grand jury investigating the disappearance of a six-year-old girl police believe is dead.
Authorities say the grand jury looking into the case of Aarone Thompson will be given an additional six months to complete its probe. Authorities announced last May that the grand jury would be seated.
Aarone was reported missing from her Aurora home in late 2005. Investigators have said they believe she is dead, but her body hasn't been found and no arrests have been made.
Police had said her father, Aaron Thompson, and his girlfriend, Shely Lowe, were persons of interest in the case. Lowe died last May. She and Thompson have denied any involvement in the girl's disappearance.
Thompson had told police his daughter disappeared after she became upset and left the house when he refused to let her have a cookie. Dozens of officers and volunteers scoured open fields and went door-to-door in Aurora but found no sign of her.
Police have said they received a tip the girl is dead, but have not released any details.
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