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Ariz. police to begin searching landfill for girl

Ariz. police to begin searching landfill for girl

CREATED Feb 6, 2012

Web Producer: Christina Grande

PHOENIX (AP) - Police plan to search a landfill south of Phoenix on Monday for the body of a 5-year-old Arizona girl who has been missing for more than four months and is now believed dead.
   
About 20 officers will wear protective gear, masks and boots as they use rake-like tools to sift through every single piece of garbage in a 36,000-square-foot area of the Butterfield Landfill in Mobile, south of the Phoenix area.
   
They will search eight hours a day Monday through Friday for up to six weeks or shorter, depending on when and if they find the body of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley of Glendale.
   
Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, was arrested on a child abuse charge related to the girl in November but was released after prosecutors said they wanted the investigation to develop more.

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