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Police to release new info on missing Ariz. 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley

FILE - 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Glendale Police Department. Police scaled down the number of officers and volunteers searching for Shockley who has been missing for three days from about 100 to a couple dozen on Friday. AP Photo/Glendale Police Department, File

Jhessye Shockley
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(CBS/AP) GLENDALE, Ariz. - Police said Monday they will release new information in the case of a 5-year-old Arizona girl who has been missing without a trace for over a month.

Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs declined to provide details until a 2 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) news conference but said new information in the investigation of the missing Jhessye Shockley will be released at that time.

Coombs did confirm that police were at the apartment of the girl's mother, Jerice Hunter, on Monday but he declined to say what investigators were doing there.

Television and news footage showed police tape surrounding the apartment and men in white jumpsuits coming in and out.

Shockley has been missing since Oct. 11, and police have said they believe she wantered from her Glendale apartment while Hunter was running an errand. The girl's three older siblings were the last to see her.

Police have repeatedly said they had no evidence, suspects or promising leads.

Meanwhile, State Child Protective Services removed Hunter's four other children, including a newborn, from her home but have declined to give a reason. Police have also said they had no involvement in that decision.

Hunter has come under scrutiny during the investigation for an October 2005 arrest with her then-husband George Shockley in California on child abuse charges. She pleaded no contest to corporal punishment and served about four years in prison before she was released on parole in May 2010.

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