Police issued a statement Dec. 1 regarding the search for missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley. Police had recently conducted searches of nearby landfills. A spokesman with the Glendale Police Department, Sergeant Brent Coombs, said from the beginning of the investigation the holding and potential searching of these areas was contingent upon where the facts of the investigation lead police investigators.
"It is based on these facts that investigators feel it is no longer necessary to hold the areas at the Glendale Landfill," he said.
The statement said the release of the areas at the Glendale Landfill should not be seen as a sign that they had found Jhessye, or that they have reduced their investigative efforts. "Our primary goal remains the same: to locate Jhessye Shockley and to bring to justice the person or persons responsible for her disappearance," Coombs said.
Police said in the statement they were determined to bring the case to a successful conclusion.
Shockley was reported missing Oct. 11, by her mother, 38-year-old Jerice Hunter. Hunter said when she returned home after running some errands, her daughter was not there. Police later arrested Hunter Nov. 21 for child abuse charges related to her daughter's disappearance. She was later released Nov. 28 for lack of hard evidence because the charges were not filed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office within the 48-hour deadline from the time of her arrest.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Jhessye is encouraged to contact Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.