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Updated Sep 6, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Jhessye Shockley timeline

Jhessye Shockley, a 5-year-old girl from Glendale, went missing on October 11 and police have been searching for the girl ever since. It is unknown how she disappeared. Here is a timeline of all of the events in this tragic story.


October 11 - Jhessye Shockley goes missing

A massive effort is launched the following morning, including an Amber Alert, to help police find 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley, who wandered away from her apartment.

October 14 - Jerice Hunter found to have a criminal history

The mother of the missing girl, Jerice Hunter, was found to have a criminal history of child abuse, for which she served time in prison.

October 18 - Police working for new leads

Police said there has been no evidence of an accident or kidnapping. All who have been in contact with the girl are considered to be "persons of interest," saying that someone has to know something.

October 19 - Police offering reward for information

Authorities announce an $11,000 reward for information leading to Shockley. They also said they had no leads in the case.

October 20 - Shockley's grandmother pleads for attention

As Shockley's grandmother rankled for more media and police attention, a family member came forward to say they believed the girl was being abused in her mother's home.

October 24 - Family, police at odds over search efforts

Shockley's family said police haven't done their best to find the girl because she is black and her mother, Jerice Hunter, has a criminal history. The family also protested near the state capitol.

November 1 - Homicide detective take over case

In addition to missing-person and child-crimes detectives, a homicide detective was added to Shockley's case.

November 18 - Girl's grandmother says police efforts are 'inadequate'

Shirley Johnson, Jhessye's grandmother, said Glendale police stopped looking for her granddaughter just two days after she went missing.

November 21 - Jerice Hunter arrested for child abuse

Jerice Hunter was arrested on charges of child abuse. Her father publicly maintained that she had done nothing wrong and was being treated unfairly. Police say it is unlikely they will find Shockley alive.

November 22 - Jerice Hunter makes court appearance

Hunter pleased not guilty in her court appearance, after which documents were released that said Hunter had ordered her children to lie about the treatment of their younger sister.

November 28 - Jerice Hunter is released from jail

It looked like Hunter was going to be charged with child abuse, but police said they are waiting on other investigations before they make a formal charging decision. They were obliged to release her.

November 30 - Family hires attorney for Jerice Hunter

Scottsdale criminal defense attorney Scott Maasen was hired by Hunter's friends and family members to defend her.

December 1 - Police release area of landfill

Glendale police released an area of landfill held in relation to the disappearance of Jhessye Shockley. They did not say why.

December 5 - Documents reveal search warrant was for murder

When police searched Jerice Hunter's home, they were looking for evidence of a murder. The search warrant said police were looking for things that Hunter could have used to hurt her daughter.

December 14 - Prosecutor says missing Arizona girl not forgotten

A prosecutor is assuring the public that a missing Glendale girl isn't being forgotten and that authorities are pressing their investigation.

December 21 - Glendale PD believes body of missing 5- year-old girl was placed in trash

The Glendale Police Department believes the body of Jhessye Shockley was placed in a trash receptacle in Tempe prior to her being reported missing on October 11.

January 10 - Glendale PD announce they will search another landfill for Shockley's body

The search is expected to take several weeks. Police still believe Jerice Hunter is their primary suspect and that she dumped her daughter's body before calling police to report her missing.

February 6 - Police begin search of Arizona landfill for Jhessye Shockley's body

Police have started methodically searching a landfill south of Phoenix for the body of a 5-year-old Arizona girl who has been missing for more than four months and who authorities now believe is dead.

June 1 - Police say landfill search is 75 percent complete

The landfill search for Shockley's body is 75 percent complete and is expected to be completed by the end of June. Despite finding no evidence of the little girl, police are still hopeful of recovering her body.

June 27 - Police call off landfill search

The search for a missing Glendale girl at the Butterfield Station Landfill south of Phoenix has come to an end. After months of searching, Glendale Police said Wednesday they were unable to find evidence directly connected to the death of Jhessye Shockley, 5.

September 6 - Jerice Hunter arrested again

Jerice Hunter was arrested Thursday, possibly in connection with the disappearance of her daughter, Jhessye Shockley.

(Copyright 2011 Bonneville International Corporation. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.)

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