Jahessye Shockley Disappearance Featured on America's Most Wanted; Investigators Remain Optimistic

It's been more than three weeks since 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley was reported missing, and her case has finally begun to get the attention of the national media -- the same national media the girl's grandmother claimed was ignoring the case because Shockley is black.

Glendale Sergeant Brent Coombs tells New Times America's Most Wanted featured a segment on Shockley over the weekend. Additionally, information about her disappearance now appears on the AMW website.

Despite the increase in national attention Shockley's case has received, Coombs says police have no new leads that could help find the missing 5-year-old.

Coombs declined to say whether there was any evidence to suggest the Shockley's mother, Jerice Hunter -- who served prison time for child abuse and recently had her three other children taken by state Child Protective Services -- hurt the girl. He would only say that "no suspects have been named."

We spoke with Hunter last week. More on that here.

Coombs says investigators remain optimistic that they'll find Shockley.

Shockley, police say, wandered away from siblings -- who were caring for her at her family's apartment at the time -- a little before 5 p.m. on October 11, and hasn't been seen since.

She's described as a black female, approximately 3-foot-5, 55 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She has long hair that was in a ponytail at the time of her disappearance.

She was last seen wearing a solid white T-shirt, blue jean shorts, and pink flip flops.

Anyone with information about Shockley's disappearance should call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000.

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