GLENDALE, AZ - A year ago Thursday, 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley was reported missing in Glendale.
Neighbors near the memorial at 45th Avenue and Glendale told ABC15 the memorial for the missing girl barely gets noticed nowadays.
"There's not many people that care," said Katherine White. "They're just angry and mad that the mother could do something like that."
Late Thursday night, White and several neighbors, who wanted to remember the girl, released balloons into the air and shouted Jhessye's name.
The last year has been filled with long, multi-agency investigations, multiple arrests, a landfill search, and hope that the young girl will be found.
Earlier this week, a 1,400-page police report was released revealing that detectives tested carpet and clothing items for blood.
Police also scrutinized the contents of vacuum bags belonging to the girl’s mother, Jerice Hunter.
A woman told police she gave Hunter a ride to a Tempe apartment complex approximately one or two weeks before Hunter reported Shockley missing in October 2011.
The report indicates Hunter lugged a heavy, smelly suitcase into the vehicle’s trunk and apologized for the stench. Hunter tossed the suitcase into a dumpster.
Hunter was first arrested on Nov. 21, 2011 on child abuse charges but was later released. Police said they needed to investigate further.
She was again arrested on Sept. 6, 2012 and remains behind bars. Police are calling this a homicide investigation.
While Shockley’s body remains missing a year later, police said they strongly believe her body is somewhere in a landfill.
Below is a statement from the Glendale Police Department Thursday:
The Glendale Police Department would like to acknowledge the significance of today as the one year anniversary of the investigation into the disappearance of Jhessye Shockley. On October 11, 2011, officers were called to an apartment complex in south Glendale for what would later evolve into an approximate yearlong investigation that would have a significant impact on the lives of many people in our community, and would change a family forever.
As we look back on the year, we are saddened by the circumstances that we know lead to the disappearance and death of Jhessye and the arrest of Jerice Hunter, and yet we are encouraged by the outpouring of support from our law enforcement partners and the community as a whole. Rarely does an investigation invoke so many different emotions for so many people. None of us will ever forget little Jhessye, and remembrance of her weighs heavily upon our hearts today.
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