Witness tip propels search for missing Glendale girl

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 5:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 13 at 11:36 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The search for a missing Glendale girl was in full force Wednesday night, as investigators continued to work off a tip from a woman who lives in the neighborhood and believes she was one of the last to see Jahessye Shockley.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she saw a girl matching Jahessye's description wandering the neighborhood near 45th and Glendale avenues Tuesday afternoon.

"She was crying and she said where's mommy?" the woman said in an interview with 3TV.

The woman says the girl ran off and she attempted to follow her but could not keep up.

The neighbor told police she saw the girl being pulled into a black sedan through the passenger door and then saw the car take off, heading eastbound on Glendale Avenue.

"I was too far away to get plates or to get a very clear description of the woman who got out of the passenger side, but she grabbed [the girl's] wrist and her arm and the next thing I knew she had picked her up and they were gone and they were going east on Glendale," the neighbor said.

Police have gotten few other tips to corroborate that information but are continuing to look for a black 1998 to 2000 Chevy Malibu.

The woman in the passenger seat may have been black, 25 to 30 years old, wearing a white tank top and blue jeans rolled to the cuff.

The neighbor says she did not call police at the time because she was unsure who the child belonged to and whether the person in the car was a stranger.

She says she only realized the girl she saw was reported missing when police swarmed the neighborhood later in the evening and she saw Jahessye's picture.

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