Amber Alert issued for missing Glendale girl

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Jahessye Shockley By Jennifer Thomas Jahessye Shockley By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police have issued an Amber Alert in their search for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon. Police have released new information about a woman and vehicle seen in the area.

Jahessye Shockley apparently wandered away from her apartment on 45th Avenue just south of Glendale Avenue between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Police aren't certain that she was abducted, but they issued an Amber Alert at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to get her picture and description out statewide.

Jahessye is black, approximately 3 feet 5 inches tall, 55 pounds with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a plain white T-shirt, blue jeans and pink sandals.

Authorities are searching for a black 1998 to 2000 Chevy Malibu that was seen in the area. The license plate number is unknown. A witness reported seeing a woman exit the vehicle, pick up a child with a similar description to Jahessye and get back in the car. The vehicle then headed eastbound on Glendale Avenue.

The woman is described as a woman, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 120 pounds. She had brown eyes and black hair that was put up in a bun. She was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans rolled to mid-calf.

Police are looking for this woman and would like her to call police. They are not certain the girl was Jahessye, but they would like to rule out that possibility.

Jahessye was left with her older siblings, ages 6, 9 and 12, when her mother went to run an errand Tuesday afternoon. Investigators think they lost track of Jahessye and she walked out of the front door. The mom came home about 30 minutes later and called police.

The FBI is assisting police with the search.

Oficers were stopping and searching cars in the area Wednesday morning.

"We have flooded the area with state and local and federal assets," said Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs."

He said police have searched Dumpsters, pools and her nearby preschool.

Anyone with information is asked to call 623-930-HELP (4357).