Family prays for justice at vigil for murdered Michigan girl

As police continue to search for a suspect in the 2007 murder of an 11-year-old girl, the small town of Constantine came together Friday night to remember her.

Jodi Parrack was found murdered in the Constantine cemetery six years ago, after she never came home from a friend's house. Police haven't made any arrests in the case.

It's frustrating for family and friends, who are desperate for answers.

Since the Michigan State Police dedicated a special team to solving the cold case three years ago, they've taken in more than 1,400 tips and conducted more than 1,000 interviews.

"I know the detectives are working hard on the case," said Jodi's mother, Jo Gilson. "They've got a lot of evidence against one certain person in particular. I just don't understand why he hasn't been arrested for anything yet."

Detective Sgt. Shane Criger says they recently sent DNA samples off for new forensic testing. And, advancements in technology have allowed police to enhance video and photos from the time period Jodi went missing, which they hope could be helpful in the case.

"This is our sole focus," Criger said. "We live this and work this every single day. So, it's very important to us."

Police have released few details about the circumstances surrounding Jodi's death, including how she died. They say releasing those details could compromise the case.

So, those who knew Jodi are trying to stay positive. During the vigil Friday, they wrote messages to Jodi on balloons before releasing them into the air. They also sent up lanterns, which illuminated the dark night sky.

"They all miss her," Gilson said. "They all loved her. She was a part of a lot of people's lives."

Criger says he believes someone besides the person responsible knows about Jodi's murder. He's hopeful someone will eventually come forward with the information.

"One of the biggest assets that is on our side is time because, with an increase in time, relationships change," Criger said. "And, somewhere out there somebody knows something. And, hopefully they're in a position now that they weren't in before and they can come forward with what they know."


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