Investigation continues into girl's murder

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

Four days later, it is a murder that continues to shock the small community of Constantine, Michigan. Last Thursday night, 11-year-old Jodi Parrack's body was found in a cemetery in town. Police say she was murdered.

Here's at look at where the investigation stands Monday night. This weekend, local police and the FBI followed up on about 300 tips. Investigators say there are no solid leads right now. The medical examiner is ruling Parrack's death a homicide, although they still are not releasing her cause of death.

Police say they are always looking for more leads. They are hoping someone out there has the right information to help them crack this case. Parrack's murder investigation is one that everyone in Constantine wants solved, and solved soon.

Parrack was last seen around 4:45 pm Thursday night. When she did not return home, family members searched for her, and called police. Parrack's family eventually found her dead, near her bike, in Constantine Township Cemetery, not far from her home.

Jodi was a 5th grader at Riverside Elementary. The principal there tells Newscenter 16 that grief counselors were one hand for students and teachers who knew the young girl.

Parrack's murder has the town on edge. Parents there tell us they're keeping an extra close eye on their children. “We used to let them play outside in the yard unsupervised. We don't do that anymore. I either stay on the porch or stay at the window,” explains Cindy LaFluer, a concerned mother in Constantine.

“I’m walking to go get my daughter from school, she's not allowed to play outside herself,” says Michelle Creal, another concerned mother.

“It couldn't be any more important to solve it, obviously for a lot of reasons, just solving the crime and putting people at ease, that it's a safe community,” says Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett.

Police are still asking people to be mindful of any suspicious behavior from someone driving a light colored van. They have received reports of suspicious behavior from a vehicle like this, but not necessarily connected to Parrack's death.

Off camera, Newscenter 16 spoke with Jodi's stepfather, Kevin Carver. He says he has known her for years and she is like his own daughter. He says this whole thing is completely devastating. The family says the person who’s responsible can't be found fast enough.

If you have any information, police ask you to call the Constantine Police Department at (269)435-4355.


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