Few answers six months after young girl killed

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

Walk into any shop or restaurant in Constantine, Michigan with a news camera and folks living there know why you're there. The small town made big news back in November when 11-year-old Jodi Parrack was found dead in a cemetery.

Exactly six months to the day, officials held a press conference to assure the public they are still actively looking into who committed this crime.

"In the six months we have been investigating this, we have had 664 leads. Approximately two-thirds to three-quarters of those have been closed and cleared," St. Joseph County, Michigan Prosecutor Doug Fisher says.

Fisher says they have, what he's calling "forensic scientific evidence," but wouldn't explain what that is. He says that evidence has ruled out Jodi's family members as suspects.

"When we link that scientific evidence to a suspect, we have a great case," Fisher says.

When asked if this is a sex-crime, the prosecutor said, "That's something I don't want to talk about."

Meanwhile, the Constantine community was hoping for more answers and some closure.

"Everybody always asks, 'Have you heard anything.' And that's the thing--nobody knows what happened, how it happened, any suspects, anything like that," explains Kendra Cripe, who grew up in Constantine.

"You can't close. And when you can't close something it will continue to disturb you as time goes by," Rita Austin, a local pastor, says. "And you never forget. I don't care--50 years down the road--it will still be remembered."

"Forty years ago parents let their kids run all day and never worried about them. Now we live in a society that even in small town America, you have to watch your children to make sure nobody is here to abduct them or do anything else evil to them," John Austin, also a pastor, shares.

Officials say three law enforcement officers are working the case full-time. They are asking for the public's help. They say often times criminals will speak about what they did as time goes by, so they urge folks to keep their ears and eyes open. Also, police want to know about anyone who moved from the Constantine area in November or December. They say the person they're looking for may have fled.

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