Jhessye Shockley Disappearance: Glendale Police Won't Search Landfill For Girl's Remains

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Jhessye Shockley was reported missing on October 11. The last time she was seen alive was September 22.
The Glendale Police Department says it no longer plans to search a city landfill for the remains of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, who was reported missing nearly two months ago.

Glendale Sergeant Brent Coombs says police no longer expect to find any investigative leads in the landfill, and are no longer preserving an area of the dump they expected to at some point search.

'From the beginning of the investigation the holding and potential searching of these areas was contingent upon where the facts of the investigation lead our investigators," Coombs says. "It is based on these facts that investigators feel it no longer necessary to hold the areas of the Glendale Landfill."

Authorities say they don't expect to find the girl alive. Shockley's mother, Jerice Hunter -- who spent four years in a California prison for abusing her other children -- is the "number one focus" of the investigation into the girl's disappearance, according to authorities.

In the weeks following Shockley's disappearance, Glendale police cordoned off a section of the landfill in anticipation that they might need to search through the debris. Police now say they never searched the landfill and they no longer plan to, despite telling reporters last week a search of the landfill was expected.

"The release of the areas at the Glendale Landfill should not be seen as a sign that we have found Jhessye, or that we have reduced our investigative efforts," Coombs says. "Our primary goal remains the same: to locate Jhessye Shockley and to bring to justice the person or persons responsible for her disappearance."

Hunter was arrested last week on child abuse charges. She was released from jail on Monday after the Maricopa County Attorney's Office failed to file charges against her.

Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, tells New Times the MCAO is awaiting results from an additional investigation into Hunter by the Glendale Police Department before making any charging decisions. He says his office is working closely with Glendale cops.

Hunter's arrest, Glendale police said at the time, was "directly related" to Shockley's October 11 disappearance.

According to court records obtained by New Times, two of Jhessye's siblings, who are now in foster care, told their foster parents about some of the abuse Shockley received at the hands of her mother, who scolded us last month for asking whether she hurt her daughter .

Jhessye's 13-year-old sister told her foster parents that several weeks before Shockley was reported missing, Hunter came home and found her watching TV with a boy from the neighborhood. The girl told her foster parents -- and later police -- that Hunter called Jhessye a "ho" and dragged her into a bedroom, where the sister could hear Jhessye screaming and crying.

Following the apparent beating, Hunter kept Shockley in a closet. Her sister told police she had to bring the 5-year-old water when Hunter was out so she wouldn't become dehydrated. She would let the her out when Hunter was gone, but quickly put Jhessye back when Hunter got home to keep her from getting in trouble.

The sister also told investigators that she saw bruises and cuts on Shockley's face and body while she was kept in the closet, and that her eyes were black and only slightly open.

The 13-year-old also told police that Shockley's hair had been pulled out and that she didn't look alive. She describes her as looking like a "zombie" and that the closet she was kept in smelled like "dead people" and was like a "grave."

All of the alleged abuse happened weeks before Hunter called police on October 11. The last time anyone saw Jhessye alive was September 22, which was the last time records show her attending school. Her sisters say they never saw Jhessye the day her mother reported her missing, when Hunter told police the older siblings were watching the girl as she ran errands.

On October 9, Hunter bought a bottle of bleach at a Walgreens. She then cleaned the entire apartment and scrubbed her shoes that were in the closet with Jhessye with bleach, the sister told police.

Court records also show that Hunter was suspected of child abuse in April, and a report was filed. It's unclear whether Child Protective Services was alerted about the reported abuse.

Hunter has made sobbing attempts to declare her innocence since the day she reported her daughter missing more than two weeks after she was last seen alive. She's blamed everyone from the media to the Glendale Police Department for not locating her daughter. When we spoke to her, Hunter went ballistic when we suggested that she hurt her daughter.

"I really think they should take the focus off of me and quit asking people -- wasting time -- if I did something to my daughter," Hunter told us last month. "They should quit holding my babies hostage and trying to get them to say something [about what happened to Jahessye]. [Authorities are] telling me 'your kids aren't saying anything.' It's been 13 days. What do they expect my babies to say that they haven't already said? [CPS] don't wanna hear 'we love our mama, we wanna go home we want our mommy' -- they don't wanna hear that. They won't let me see them because they don't want them running into my arms. They don't wanna hear them scream 'mommy.'"

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Slc 2008
Slc 2008

The police should search the landfill, and anywhere else that this baby could have been disposed of so that she can be properly buried should she have met the tragic end suspected. I understand that searching costs them money and man-hours, but we are talking about a little girl's body here, not a piece of possible evidence or an item of some sort. Also, why no charges on the grandparents if they violated a court order in handing this monster those children? And why was the monster allowed out of prison in the first place? If the damn prisons are so over crowded in California, (and everywhere else,) why not let the non-violent drug offenders out and keep the child abusers in? There are people serving way longer sentences for possession then this thing served.

Geez... Only in America..

Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

I really don't get why they decided against searching the dump. Are they that fucking lazy? Are they giving up without really trying?

KamJos
KamJos

Another Casey Anthony! >:(

Holly Magliaro
Holly Magliaro

I really don't understand why they won't look in the landfill, what/who is it going to hurt? They say based on facts it has lead them away from searching it but this reminds me of when people "thought" the spot where Caylee was later found was already searched so no one else looked. Why not double check? Why not look to make sure?

butterflyboy
butterflyboy

At this point, regardless of whether or not she did this child in, as a result of her coming to the attention of law enforcement, what is clear is that this woman is a twisted, sick piece of shit. She is also the child of a sick, twisted father and mother, mom of course being the whore who gave her fucked up daughter the kids back.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

also keep in mind that her mother quite likely abused her when she was little and her mother did the same. Abuse is often done by people who were abused themselves.

C4ruiz75
C4ruiz75

In this day and age I dont fall for the crap of,, o she is just doing what she learned from her parents. WE ALL KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG,, PAIN FROM LOVING,,HAPPY FROM SAD, Its everywhere,, we know that its wrong,,,and we know there is help if someone feels like they may hurt someone,,, also, the nut spent time in jail for the same thing so um, she knew what the outcome would be so she got rid of the evidence,, so sad,, and i do want to say,,,,I BELIEVED HER FOR THE LONGEST TIME,  I look in my sons eyes and I wonder how could anyone hurt a precious gift from god

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

SMOKESCREENING. I still think she is hiding something.

Sadly Jhessye is probably dead or she would have been found by now.

Jason
Jason

At this point in the investigation, it appears that little Jhessye sadly will not be found alive.

I think the mom has something to do with this. I hope they put her in the general population at the Flaccid Fool's jails. I hear inmates don't take too kindly to people who hurt children...

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Jason, unfortunately you are probably right.  I hope they find her.  This is such a sad story to follow.  Such tragedy in this little girls short life and the other children who were in the home. 

Thanks for the follow up Mr. King. 

Jason
Jason

"This is such a sad story to follow."

I agree 100%. This is precisely why GED Jan and her mentally sick cohorts over at the Legislature need to restore funding to CPS. Also, can you imagine what the cops who are working this case must be feeling? I'm sure most, if not all, of them are parents.

"I hope they find her."

I do too. I hope the cops find her alive. We need a miracle right now.

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