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Oct. 11 marks 2 years since Hunter reported Jhessye Shockley missing

Jhessye Shockley (Source: Jhessye's family) Jhessye Shockley (Source: Jhessye's family)
Jerice Hunter in first sit down interview with CBS 5 News' Donna Rossi (Source: CBS 5 News) Jerice Hunter in first sit down interview with CBS 5 News' Donna Rossi (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jerice Hunter at initial court appearance (Source: CBS 5 News) Jerice Hunter at initial court appearance (Source: CBS 5 News)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Friday marks two years since the woman accused in Jhessye Shockley's death reported her missing from their Glendale apartment.

The search began Oct. 11, 2011 and her body has not been found, despite months of searching in the Butterfield Landfill.

Despite being unable to find Jhessye, the Glendale Police Department found evidence to name Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, as the suspect.

Hunter is facing charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in Jhessye's disappearance. She is currently in jail awaiting trial.

[Related: Jerice Hunter has first sit down interview with CBS 5 News]

One year ago, the Glendale Police Department released the full report on the investigation of Jhessye's murder. Up until then, the public never really knew why police believed with certainty that Jhessye was killed and her remains are at the Butterfield Landfill.

The crucial tip that lead them in that direction is reflected on page 925 of the report. There it is revealed that on Nov. 23, 2011, about six weeks after Jhessye was reported missing, a woman contacted investigators.

That woman said that seven to 15 days before Hunter reported her daughter missing, she gave Hunter a ride to Tempe. At the time, Hunter put a large, heavy suitcase in the woman's trunk. When they got to Tempe, Hunter put it in a Dumpster. Hunter even apologized to the woman for the smell of the suitcase. Police tested the trunk of that car and it tested positive for blood.

[Related: Timeline of disappearance of Jhessye Shockley]

Jhessye's body has never been found. Glendale police said they believe she was killed last fall and her body was thrown in a trash can in Tempe.

Investigators have been working on the case since Oct. 11, 2011, when Hunter called 911 and reported her daughter missing from their Glendale home.

Hunter has maintained her innocence.

[Related: Special Section on Jhessye Shockley's disappearance]

Click on the links below to read the full report:

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Part 5
  • Part 6
  • Part 7
  • Part 8
  • Part 9
  • Part 10
  • Part 11
  • Part 12
  • Part 13
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