The Search Begins:
On Febraury 6, 2012, Arizona police began the search for Jhessye Shockley's remains in the Butterfield Landfill in Mobile, Ariz., the state's largest landfill. The officers, about 40 volunteers, will search for eight hours a day, for as many as eight weeks, to find the missing five year old. Police have been publicly criticized by Jerice Hunter, Jhessye's mother, and her attorney for not searching the landfill sooner, but police say extensive planning and site analysis were required before the task could begin.
Searchers are not daunted by the potentially dangerous task of sifting through 36,000 square feet (about 6, 000 tons) of trash. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told the AP
, "It's very important to us and we all believe in it. It's touched just about every heart. It's all about a little girl and we want to bring justice to Jhessye." Police believe that the child is dead, though her mother is convinced otherwise. Hunter, who was convicted of child abuse in a 2005 incident, was released on parole in 2010 after a serving four years in prison. Her other children told investigators that she deprived Jhessye of food and water, physically abused her and kept her in a closet. Hunter's 13-year-old daughter told them that the last time she saw Jhessye was in September 2011, that her face was bruised and cut, her hair pulled out and she looked and smelled dead. More Missing Endangered Kids
, 5, born on April 1, 2006, has been missing since October 11, 2011, from Glendale, Ariz. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts, and pink sandals. Her mother, Jerice Hunter, initially held a rally accusing police and the media of not giving her child's case enough attention because she was black, and Hunter has a criminal record. Police believe the child was killed and the body dumped before she was reported missing. They are focusing attention on the mother, but have not named a suspect. Anyone with any information should call the Glendale Police Department (Arizona) 1-623-930-3000.
Height: 3'5" (104 cm.)
Weight: 55 lbs. (25 kg.)