Amber Alert canceled; search continues for 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley

GLENDALE, AZ - An Amber Alert for a missing 5-year-old girl in Glendale has been canceled Friday morning, but the search for her is ongoing.

There has been no break in the case that resulted in the cancellation and the search for Jhessye Shockley continues, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs.

Coombs said the cancellation is a result of standard Amber Alert procedures, since they typically only remain in effect for 8 to 10 hours.

The Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning.

Glendale police moved into the second phase of their search for Jhessye, days after she vanished from her home. Police said their goal "remains focused on Jhessye's safe return and understanding the circumstances surrounding her disappearance."

Jhessye was reported missing around 5 p.m. Tuesday from an apartment near Glendale and 43rd avenues.

Police took down their command post, and the grid search in her neighborhood ended Thursday.

Detectives also visited a landfill in Glendale. Sources tell ABC15 the visit was made to survey the area and determine what it would take to conduct a search at that landfill.

Coombs confirmed the visit to ABC15's Christopher Sign and would not say if an actual search of the landfill was planned.

"This visit was to simply take a look at the area," Coombs said.

Investigators also searched dumpsters and pools within a two-mile radius of Jhessye's home Thursday. No new evidence was revealed.

Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs said in a Thursday news conference that police have received a couple dozen tips regarding this case, from as far as northern Arizona.

Jhessye had reportedly wandered away from siblings at her home a little before 5 p.m. and possibly exited out the front door.

Glendale police said the big tip that came in Wednesday was that a black female between 25 and 30 years old, about 120 pounds, with black hair in a bun and brown eyes, was seen putting a child in a vehicle. That child reportedly matched Jhessye's description.

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.

Jhessye is a black female, approximately 3-feet-5-inches tall, 55 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Jhessye 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.

Officers said they have completed a door by door search and new shifts went over the same ground looking for anything previous searchers might have missed.

Law enforcement also reportedly checked the homes of all sex offenders in the area.

The Amber Alert was issued more than 12 hours after the girl disappeared because there are four very specific criteria for issuing an Amber Alert.

  • Authorities must confirm that an abduction has taken place.
  • The victims must be 17 years old or younger.
  • The child must be at risk of serious injury or death.
  • There must be sufficient descriptive information of the child, the abductor, and the abductor's vehicle. Read more about the criteria.

Last year there were 173 amber alerts issued nationwide.

Michigan had the most with 25. Arizona had four.

Jhessye was with three siblings at the time she went missing, and police said the oldest was 13 years old.

Police said the mother arrived home, discovered her child was missing, and immediately called police.

ABC15 spoke with Jahessye's mother Thursday.

Glendale police are asking for the community's assistance to locate Jhessye.

If you have any information, you're encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-HELP (4357).

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