Two weeks into search for missing Glendale girl and still few leads

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 6:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 26 at 6:21 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz.--Two weeks after 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley disappeared from her Glendale apartment, police officers were back in the neighborhood searching a nearby drainage ditch.

On Tuesday a woman reportedly called officers after seeing what she believed to be children's' clothing in the ditch, on 45th Avenue near Glendale Avenue.

Officers combed through leaves and removed several articles of clothing they said belonged to a transient and had no connection to Jhessye.

"We went ahead and collected it so we didn't get any more calls on it," Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs said in an e-mail to 3TV.

In the two weeks since she went missing while her mother was out to run an errand, calls about Jhessye have come in from as far away as Ohio.

According to the Sandusky Register of Perkins Township, Ohio, a woman called police on Saturday to report a possible sighting in a local Walmart store. Officers determined the child was not Jhessye.

An $11,000 reward from Glendale PD and Silent Witness is being offered for information leading to the girl, but as of Monday Sgt. Coombs said only about half a dozen tips had been called in to Silent Witness.

The girls mother, Jerice Hunter, and other relatives held a rally at the State Capitol Monday and expressed anger at police and the media, but on Tuesday stayed out of sight.

Relatives say Hunter is due to give birth to another child any day. Her three other children have been removed from her custody by Child Protective Services for an unknown reason.

 

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