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Friend of Jerice Hunter talks to CBS 5

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GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Glendale police announced Wednesday that 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley's body is in the Butterfield Landfill, southwest of the Valley.

Shockley's mother, Jerice Hunter, reported her daughter missing two and a half months ago.

Investigators now say credible tips led them to believe the little girl died at the hands of her mother and that her body was put in a dumpster in Tempe and eventually hauled to the landfill.

Jerice Hunter remains the prime focus of the investigation, even though she was free after her arrest in November on child abuse charges related to Jhessye.

The thought of Hunter free is making many people angry, but others have stuck by Hunter.

CBS 5 talked to one of Hunter's supporters who asked that her identity be withheld.

"Visited her while she was in jail and basically told her that we were there to show her the love of God and to give her spiritual guidance."

When Hunter was released, she continued to help get her to appointments and run errands.

"We found tracking devices on our vehicles, got a little scary so... and we were constantly followed."

She says her husband found two GPS tracking devices on each of their cars. She says a third was found on the car of another woman helping Hunter.

"This lady didn't believe us that was... she thought it was part of her airbag so she called the dealership and we went there."

She says while they were at the dealership, a man drove up and jumped out of his car.

"He walked up to her and snatched it out of her hand and said, 'Give me my property back.'"

The man was a Glendale police detective.

"I couldn't speak to absolute investigative methods or any type of surveillance," said Sgt. Brent Coombs with the Glendale Police Department.

It is legal for police to track someone with GPS technology, but that could change soon.

The U.S. Supreme court recently heard a similar case. The justices have not ruled on it yet.

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