Jhessye Shockley report reveals carpet tested positive for blood

A police report containing more than 1,400 pages of investigative documents reveals Glendale police detectives tested carpet and clothing items for blood in the case of missing Glendale girl, Jhessye Shockley .

According to the report, police took samples of carpet from the closet of Jerice Hunter, Shockley's mother, and found blood on them. 

They also tested carpet samples from other rooms within the house, but those areas did not test positive for blood.

Detectives closely examined other articles of clothing connected to Hunter, including several belts and a pair of shoes. They scrutinized the contents of Hunter's vacuum bags as well. 

One white belt contained evidence of blood, but it is not certain to whom the blood belonged.


According to the police report, investigators also tested for blood residue inside the trunk of a woman's car.

The woman told police she gave Hunter a ride to a Tempe apartment complex approximately one or two weeks before Hunter reported Shockley missing.

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.

Glendale police investigators took the vehicle, a gold Chevrolet Lumina, into custody in November 2011 for processing, according to the police report.

At least one investigator said he was "100 percent" certain Shockley's body was in the landfill.


The police report includes interviews with several people who knew Shockley, including aunts and uncles and people who helped raise Shockley while her mother was in prison.

Many of them described Hunter as an abusive mother.

Hundreds of police redactions prevent the public from knowing exactly how Shockley's juvenile siblings reacted or responded to her disappearance.

Detectives interviewed them, but the transcriptions of the interviews are blacked-out within the police report.

At least one investigator said he believed Shockley's sisters knew more about what happened to her. He described a letter that one of the siblings had written to Shockley's grandmother, Shirley Johnson, from foster care.

"I told Shirley that (redacted) was hurting. Shirley said (redacted) was hurting because she was in foster care. I told Shirley (redacted) was hurting because of things that she knows and that the foster home is a very safe place for her," the investigator wrote.

"I explained to Shirley that she and I have the same goal. I told Shirley we both want to find Jhessye. I told Shirley that the girls are beginning to talk about things and that I believe them," he said.

"I know that something happened to Jhessye and that the girls know about it," the officer wrote. 

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