Jhessye's grandmom: 'Let landfill search bring closure'

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Shirley Johnson Shirley Johnson

The grandmother of missing Jhessye Shockley said she hopes the upcoming landfill search for the 5-year-old will "bring closure."

Shirley Johnson lit candles Tuesday night at the site where Shockley went missing on Oct. 11.

RELATED: Glendale police: Landfill search for Jhessye to start Feb. 6

A search is set to begin at the Butterfield Landfill on Feb. 6. Glendale police announced Dec. 21 that they believe Shockley's body was placed in a trash receptacle in Tempe and dumped in a landfill prior to her being reported missing.

"That would be over 40 days my baby has been allowed to lay in a landfill," Johnson said.  "That's inhumane. That's unmerciful. I just need closure."

Johnson said she has to let law enforcement do their job. 

"If she's not in that landfill, then she needs to be searched for," Johnson said. "Existence should not end in a landfill."

Johnson made another plea to the community.

"I want you to continue to call law enforcement with anything you know. Don't stop calling," said Johnson.  

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