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It saddens me that my first blog after a very extended hibernation is about a missing little girl out of Arizona named Jahessye Shockley. But as a Director at Black and Missing but Not Forgotten, I’m happy that today is the first day of our Missing Mondays campaign where we feature a missing child every Monday to bring awareness to their case.
Tomorrow will mark one week since 5 year-old Jahessye (pronouced JES-ee) Shockley went missing from her Glendale, Arizona’s home. She was last seen on October 11, 2011 at her apartment with her older siblings while her mother was out running an errand. One hour later around 5 pm, her mother came back to find that she was gone. Her siblings did not know where she went. The police believes that there is a possibility that she wandered off on her own, but when she never returned, their concerns increased.
An Amber Alert was issued last Wednesday when someone reported a girl matching Jahessye’s description being placed in a car by a 25-30-year-old black female but the alert was canceled by the police Friday because there was no break in the case. Police said the woman was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans rolled up to mid-calf. The vehicle was a black 1998 to 2000 4-door Chevy Malibu, which drove away from the area eastbound on Glendale Avenue.
On Sunday, the mother of a missing 5-year-old, Jerice Hunter, told a Phoenix news station that she is a suspect in her daughter’s disappearance, but a police spokesman denied that claim.
“They’re focusing on me as a suspect but I don’t mind…The number one priority is my baby,” Jerice Hunter said to CNN affiliate KPNX.
Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs told KPNX that Hunter’s 2006 conviction for abusing her other children is a part of their investigation, but Hunter is not considered a suspect in Jahessye’s disappearance at this time.
Coombs could not be reached for comment Monday morning.
While relatives and members of the family’s church passed out fliers and urged residents to call in tips Sunday, grandmother Shirley Johnson said that Hunter’s three other children, ages 6, 9 and 13, have been placed in foster care.
“Why would they take them kids and make them grieve all by themselves?” Johnson asked.
Jahessye is a black female, approximately 3-feet-5-inches tall, 55 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
Jahessye has long hair that was in a ponytail and was last seen wearing a solid white T-shirt, blue jean shorts, and pink flip flops.
Glendale police are asking for the community’s assistance to locate Jahessye.
If you have any information, you’re encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-HELP (4357).
Readers/Followers, this is our first Missing Mondays blog. Every Monday we will showcase a missing child, and today’s missing child is Jahessye Shockley. We ask that any bloggers (or if you don’t have a blog) to write about Jahessye Shockley on this day to show that we all care and we will all stand together and share her case until she is found.
We are bigger in numbers, if you don’t have a post up about Jahessye, feel free to share this post on Facebook or Retweet our tweet on Twitter. The more eyes on this case, the better. Jahessye’s case has gained some national attention, but not the type of attention that will keep her in the spotlight.
Jahessye and others like her need a voice, will you be that voice for her? Thanks for reading and sharing!
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