Search continues one week after Glendale girl disappears

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 19 at 9:21 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On the one week anniversary of 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley's disappearance, police were back in the neighborhood where she was last seen, looking for information that will lead them to her.

"There may be people who were here last Tuesday who haven't been back since today, for whatever reason, those are the people we're looking for," said Glendale Police Cmdr. Rick St. John, who is leading the investigation.

St. John and Sgt. Brent Coombs held their first police briefing since Thursday and said they still have no concrete evidence that Jahessye was kidnapped but are following up on every single lead they get.

On Tuesday afternoon officers re-established a command post on 45th and Glendale avenues and saturated the area from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the window of time during which Jahessye disappeared.

They were gone by sundown, drawing criticism from Jahessye's grandmother, Shirley Johnson, who said she felt like officers were just trying to "throw me a bone, and it's not working."

Johnson said she and a group of others plan to go to Glendale City Hall on Wednesday to ask the city to expand the search.

Police say they've investigated leads all over the state and have brought in the FBI.

Meanwhile, a growing group of volunteers remains stationed on the corner of Jahessye's street, handing out fliers to passing cars and maintaining a memorial site with stuffed animals and candles.

Stormy Benton, 18, who lives in the neighborhood used removable markers to put information about Jahessye's disappearance all over his white car.

"I don't care if it was permanent marker or not, as long as I'm broadcasting she's missing and people know about it," Benton said. "It's just about trying to get her back."

Also on Tuesday, police released the 911 call initially made by Jerice Hunter, Jahessye's mother.

"Hello, hello, I need an officer at my house, I can't find my daughter," a frantic Hunter is heard saying.

Hunter said she is thankful for the volunteers who have emerged to help the search.

"Thank you, we love you all," she said. "Me and Jahessye and the whole family will have friends for life when my baby comes back home. Not if, when she comes back home."

 

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