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Shockley's grandmother: Race is a factor

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The grandmother of missing 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley is taking her plea to Facebook and calling on some well-known national figures for help while she says "race" has played a huge part in how Glendale police have handled the case.

Shirley Johnson is now reaching out to talk-show host Montel Williams and author Terry McMillan, who wrote the book Waiting to Exhale.

The head of the Valley's chapter of the NAACP, meanwhile, strongly disagrees with Johnson. 

"I do not believe race is involved in this," the Rev. Oscar Tillman said. "I think that they have done everything possible and still doing everything possible in this matter."

Johnson says race is the reason police haven't searched the Butterfield Landfill, where they believe the little girl's body might be found.

CBS 5 News attempted to talk with Johnson on Tuesday to see if any of the people she's reached out to have gotten back to her. She did not return phone calls.

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