Jhessye Shockley Disappearance: Documents Found Dated Around Time Girl Went Missing
The search of the landfill where police believe they may find the the body of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley continues into week two with no sign of the girl, as police say today that nothing related to disappearance has been found.
What has been found, however, are documents in the area that's being searched that are dated around the time of Shockley's disappearance in October.
Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden tells New Times that documents with those dates were first found a few days ago, and more continue to be found in the area they're searching.
Police believe Shockley's body was placed in a trash bin some time before she was reported missing on October 11, and her body was ultimately taken with the garbage to a landfill south of the Valley.
The details surrounding Shockley's disappearance can be found here.
The search, which began on February 6, is focused on a 180-by-200-foot area of the 691-acre Butterfield Landfill in Mobile.
Breeden says the search is "basically still in the same area."
While volunteers continue to by cycled in and out of the search, Breeden says there's no definite timetable for the search of the landfill, although police are prepared to keep the efforts going for a while.
"We know that the area that we're in right now could take up to six to eight weeks to go through," Breeden says.
Police have described the spot that's been searching as containing around 6,000 tons of trash -- about a day's worth, by the landfill's standards.
According to the cops, Shockley's mother Jerice Hunter still hasn't been too helpful to police in the investigation, although the Glendale Police Department said last week "investigators encourage her assistance and cooperation in this investigation and would certainly make a polygraph examination available through her attorney."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.
- Diane Douglas Recall Petition Filed; Now Her Opponents Need 360,000 Signatures
- Mexicans Most Likely of Immigrants to be Locked Up in Detention Centers
- Violent Monsoon Microburst That Exploded Over the Valley Caught on Social Media