Constantine, Mich. A Michiana community is remembering the life and death of an 11-year-old girl six years after her mysterious death.
Jodi Parrack’s body was found in the Constantine Township Cemetery just hours after she missed her early evening curfew on November 8, 2007. Her death was ruled a homicide but her cause of death has never been revealed, pending the results of a six-year-long investigation.
“They haven't released the specific cause of death,” said Lt. Cindy Kilgore, Coordinator of the Michiana Crime Stoppers. “There is perhaps a strategic reason that they haven’t done that. I know people get frustrated when they feel police are holding out, but sometimes limited bits of information are given out for a good reason, to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
A special cold case team from the Michigan State Police has been on the case since 2011. Sgt. Shane Criger says they receive several tips a week and recent forensic advancements could make solving this case a possibility in the near future.
“We are reviewing some things and we are constantly moving forward,” Criger said, who explained that photo evidence from the original crime scene is also shedding light on the case.
There are also hopes that a vigil held Friday night in Constantine’s Cannon Park might be able to spark some new memories and maybe even some new leads.
“We've received several Crime Stopper's tips on this case that I know have been followed up by investigators,” Kilgore said. “Residents could have seen something that they didn't think was pertinent in this investigation, so really there's no tip too small.”