The grandmother of missing 5-year-old Arizona girl Jahessye Shockley has called for the case to have a higher national profile. Shirley Johnson says she believes the case has allegedly received less media coverage because her granddaughter is black.
Jahessye Shockley was last seen on October 11th at her family’s home in Glendale, suburban Phoenix. The child is believed to have left through the front door, but police have no leads as to what might have happened to her next. Despite canvassing the area, they have found no-one who saw the girl.
A $10,000 reward has been offered for information in the Jahessye Shockley case, and the local police department has insisted that they are doing all they can to find her. Arguably, the US national media only has ‘space’ for one or two missing child stories at a time, and the case of missing Lisa Irwin is dominating the schedules at the moment.