CONSTANTINE, Mich. More than six years after she was found murdered, police arrested a former reserve officer in connection with the death of Jodi Parrack.
46-year-old Raymond Emmett McCann is behind bars for perjury, after being arrested Friday. McCann was a reserve officer with the Constantine Police Department when Jodi was killed.
On Nov. 8, 2007, the 11-year-old was out riding her bike around town, but never returned home. She was found dead in the cemetery later that night. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Police say McCann has been considered a "person of interest" since the beginning of the investigation.
According to court documents, he told at least four people to search the cemetery for Jodi the night she went missing.
But, during the hour and a half that he offered up the suggestion, McCann allegedly never went to look for Jodi himself.
Court documents also state that Jodi had injuries to her wrists consistent with handcuffs, which McCann had access to as a reserve officer.
"It just feels like it's been lingering for all these years and nobody knew what was going on," said Cassandra Bowers, who lived across the street from McCann at the time of the murder. "And, we've all heard rumors about who it was and were waiting, just waiting."
While McCann isn't being called a suspect in Jodi's murder, Bowers says much of the community has always believed he was in some way involved.
"Just knowing the evidence and knowing that he had so much to do with Jodi and his son had so much to do with Jodi," Bowers said. "The evidence pointed to them."
Police say McCann lied multiple times about his activities the night of the murder. The inconsistencies were discovered after comparing McCann's statements to cell phone records and witness interviews.
Charging documents say when McCann was asked how Jodi's DNA could have ended up on his body and his truck, he told police he pulled the girl's mother away from her body and she also sat inside his truck to get warm. Police say their investigation proved those claims to be false.
McCann was arraigned on the perjury charge in St. Joseph County Court Saturday.
Jodi's mother released a statement about the arrest, saying: "I would like to thank Detective Bryan Fuller for his hard work and dedication in this case and for believing in me during this investigation. Without him, I truly believe this case wouldn't be as far as it is today. Jodi's family is very glad that Ray has finally been arrested, but it's bittersweet, as most of his family is like family to us."