Portland police resume search for teen's body

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police have returned to a hill in northeast Portland in hopes of locating the body of a 14-year-old girl.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that earlier this week, lawyers for a 16-year-old boy charged with murder in the disappearance of Yashanee Vaughn met with a judge in a settlement conference. Prosecutors met afterward with the judge but refused to comment.

The 16-year-old, Parrish Bennette Jr., has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder with a firearm and first-degree manslaughter with a firearm. He is being held without bail.

Police spokesman Lt. Robert King said the search resumed Friday morning. KGW-TV reported 11 police cars and a forensics truck headed into the park at Rocky Butte about daybreak.

The girl was reported missing on March 21.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com