Frustration, fear and frayed nerves are plaguing the people who know Adre'Anna Jackson, a 10-year-old Tillicum girl who disappeared three...
Frustration, fear and frayed nerves are plaguing the people who know Adre’Anna Jackson, a 10-year-old Tillicum girl who disappeared three weeks ago somewhere between home and school.
Family members and neighbors have answered repeated questions from police, and the girl’s tiny community in Pierce County has been scoured for clues. Adre’Anna’s face has been broadcast on national television, but police still have no idea where the girl might be or if she’s even alive.
For Adre’Anna’s mother, Yvette Gervais, simple things like grocery shopping or hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree have made her daughter’s absence all the more painful.
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“The house feels empty without her. Everything is totally different now that she’s not popping up behind me,” Gervais said Friday. “I look for her everywhere because I think I might catch a glimpse of her. I haven’t cooked a meal since she’s been gone, and I’m not sleeping right.”
Adre’Anna was last seen Dec. 2 when her parents sent her off on a five-minute walk to see whether Tillicum Elementary School was closed because of snow. Since then, police have found no clue to the child’s whereabouts.
On Thursday, cadaver dogs were used to comb Harry Todd Park, a waterfront park near Adre’Anna’s home and school. The dogs, which are trained to detect dead bodies, also were taken on a boat across American Lake but didn’t find anything, said Lakewood police Lt. Bret Farrar.
“There was no indication we’d find a body anywhere, but it’s just one of those things” police needed to check, Farrar said. Though detectives still are looking at the possibility Adre’Anna was abducted, Farrar said, nothing has been ruled out.
Detectives are working to identify and interview approximately 51 sex offenders who live in the immediate area, Farrar said. But it has been time-consuming since officers have had to confirm that the offenders were where they said they were at the time Adre’Anna disappeared, he said.
“Nobody’s been ruled out as a suspect, but then nobody’s risen to the level of a prime suspect,” he said. “We don’t have any good, solid information to lead us to one theory or another, so everything is still on the table.”
Anyone with a connection to Adre’Anna has been questioned and re-questioned, Farrar said. The FBI is involved in the search and put a national spotlight on Adre’Anna’s case, he said.
At the end of last week’s episode of the CBS crime drama “Without A Trace,” Adre’Anna’s photo was shown as a voice asked: “Have you seen this real missing person?” The next day, Dec. 16, the girl’s story was profiled on CBS’ “The Early Show.” Information about Adre’Anna’s disappearance was posted on two Web sites, one belonging to the television series “America’s Most Wanted” and the other belonging to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Farrar said.
Police are trying to piece together all the tips, stories and evidence they’ve collected over the past three weeks in an effort “to put together an overall picture of what we’re dealing with,” he said. “These investigations are so fluid, everything could change tomorrow if we get a specific tip.” Though she said she understands detectives are doing everything they can, Gervais said she thinks police have focused too much of their investigation on her and Adre’Anna’s father, Jon Federici.
“I’m getting a little frustrated with that — they’ve gotten out of us what they can and there’s nothing left to be gotten from us,” she said. “We’re not running off, and we’ve got nothing to hide. We’re doing whatever [police] ask us to do.”
Gervais’ neighbor, Cynthia Maguire, said the continuing investigation has caused a certain amount of friction in the neighborhood.
“People are getting frustrated,” she said. “The police have interviewed people over and over again, and everybody’s nerves are just getting raw.”
Adre’Anna’s disappearance has been particularly hard on the children of Tillicum, including Maguire’s 14-year-old daughter, who was “like a big sister” to the younger girl. “It’s very scary for the kids because they don’t understand,” she said.
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