Search of missing girl's neighborhood scaled back

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 14 at 11:55 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz.-- Police on Thursday night wrapped up a two-day canvas of the area from which five-year-old Jahessye Shockley disappeared.

Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said detectives would now transition to the second phase of their investigation, focusing on tips from the public and revisiting residences where no one answered the door on initial visits.

Coombs said an Amber Alert brought in dozens of tips. He said callers have reported sightings of Jahessye as far north as Show Low.

While Jahessye's mother is not considered a suspect, detectives said they are not ruling out any possibilities about her whereabouts.

On Thursday new details became public about the criminal history of Jahessye's parents.

Police confirmed Jahessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, has a criminal record and said they have been aware of that since the onset of the investigation.

Hunter served prison time for injury to a child in California.

Her mother, Shirley Johnson, told reporters Hunter has since reformed her ways.

"Jerice has changed, she's a good, loving mother," Johnson said.

Jahessye's father, George Edward Shockley, is currently serving time in a Soledad, Calif., prison and is listed as a registered sex offender.

 

 

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