The Glendale Police Department announced yesterday that it plans to move forward with plans to search a landfill for the remains of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, who's been missing since October and is presumed dead.
Since Shockley's disappearance, the case has gone from a missing person investigation to a homicide investigation -- with Shockley's mother, Jerice Hunter, the number one suspect.
Get all the details of Shockley's disappearance here.
Finding the 5-year-old's body in acres of trash is not gonna be easy for investigators; the area they'll have to search is roughly the size of two football fields and is 30 feet deep -- and that's only if they can accurately narrow down when the girl's body was tossed into a trash can in Tempe, and which truck brought it to the dump.
Authorities don't necessarily need the girl's body to convict her mother of murder -- the Maricopa County Attorney's Office just convicted Rick Valentini, a.k.a. "Bryan Stewart," of second-degree murder in the presumed death of his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Jamie Jean Laiaddee.
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Laiaddee's body was never found, but Rick Valenti will be spending the next 42 years in an Arizona prison as a convicted murderer.
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