Jhessye Shockley Missing: Ariz. police end landfill search without finding remains of 5-year-old

Jhessye Shockley
Credit: File,AP Photo/Glendale Police Department
Jhessye Shockley
File, AP Photo/Glendale Police Department

(CBS/AP) GLENDALE, Ariz. - Glendale police ended their search on Wednesday without finding any remains of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley at a landfill near Phoenix.

Police said at a news conference that no significant discovery of evidence directly connected to the missing Glendale girl was found.

Since Feb. 5, hundreds of volunteer police personnel sifted through thousands of tons of trash in a 36,000-square-foot area of the Butterfield Station Landfill in Mobile. Police believe Jhessye's body was disposed days before her mother reported her missing on Oct. 11.

Police arrested Jhessye's mother in November on suspicion of child abuse. The charge was later dropped and she was released from jail after prosecutors said they wanted to investigate further.

Police haven't confirmed whether they want to pursue a murder case without the girl's body.

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