I wonder are GPS tracking devices on garbage trucks mandated by some silly law, which is designed to help the police spy on us???
"GPS helped police nail down exactly which trucks may have taken 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley's body to a transfer station and then to the Butterfield Station Landfill. The tracking system tells authorities where the truck dumped its load, said Sgt. Brent Coombs, a Glendale police spokesman."
What's next? Will the government mandate that we all have surgically implanted GPS devices installed on our foreheads so the cops will know where we have traveled, just in case they think we might have committed a crime???
Landfill searched for missing Glendale girl's remains
Police, FBI hope technology will aid hunt for body of Glendale 5-year-old
by Lisa Halverstadt - Feb. 6, 2012 09:44 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com
More than 40 police officers, FBI agents and others wore masks and white protective suits on Monday as they began to search a landfill south of the Valley for a missing Glendale girl's remains.
Police are hopeful that technological advances will offer advantages that crews didn't have in two separate and unsuccessful searches at the same Mobile landfill more than a decade ago.
For example, GPS helped police nail down exactly which trucks may have taken 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley's body to a transfer station and then to the Butterfield Station Landfill. The tracking system tells authorities where the truck dumped its load, said Sgt. Brent Coombs, a Glendale police spokesman.
Jhessye's mother reported her missing nearly four months ago. Police now say that call came days after the girl's body had already been disposed of in a Tempe trash bin and taken to the landfill. Investigators have repeatedly said Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, is the primary focus in the investigation.
Jhessye's family is torn by the landfill search. The cousins who helped raise her hope authorities find the girl's remains as they pray for justice and a proper burial. Jhessye's grandmother, who continues to defend Hunter, hopes the girl will be found elsewhere, and alive.
"I pray she's not there and that we can still have the hope that somebody just has her and wanted her so bad and they've taken care of her," grandmother Shirley Johnson said.
Police don't expect that outcome. One of Jhessye's older sisters told authorities that Hunter kept the 5-year-old in a bedroom closet without food or water. The sister said she last saw Jhessye in mid-September in the closet looking like a "zombie."
Police arrested Hunter in November on suspicion of child abuse, but prosecutors opted not to pursue the charge over concerns it could create a situation of double jeopardy that could prevent her from being tried again in the same case if prosecutors pursue a murder charge against her.
In the days or weeks to come, the search team will pull apart every bag of trash they come across and examine anything that might lead them to Jhessye's body, Coombs said.
They may search up to 6,000 tons of compacted garbage, the equivalent of a single day's load.
"We're prepared to stay out here as long as it takes to get through the last piece of trash," Coombs said.
Experts estimate a complete search would take four to six weeks, though police haven't placed time constraints on the effort.
Meanwhile, Jhessye's family members pray.
Lisa Vance helped raise the girl while Hunter served time in prison for child abuse involving Jhessye's older siblings. Vance said her family prays faith will lead police to Jhessye's remains.
"I'm very confident that when they go out there, however many days it takes, they are going to find Jhessye," Vance said. "They just have to."
The grandmother prays Jhessye will be found alive. Still, Johnson said she is grateful for the search. She just wishes police had started it sooner.
Hunter's attorney, Scott Maasen, agrees.
"They said almost two months ago they were possibly going to search the landfill," Maasen said. "It begs the question, why has there been a delay for so long?"
Police said they spent those months assessing logistics.
"We feel like we've identified the right location and we're going to give it our best shot," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said.