BRADENTON — Jalyssa Shannon, the sister of 13-year-old Riverview murder victim Janessa Shannon, was found safe Monday evening after leaving her mother’s Bradenton home Sunday, authorities said.
Jalyssa was found about 7 p.m., according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said Jalyssa Shannon left the home of her mother Michelle Mosley in the 900 block of 65th Avenue W about 9 p.m. and Mosley reported her missing about 1:30 a.m. The case was treated as a runaway report, said Manatee sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.
The girl’s grandfather, Larry Mosley, told the Bradenton Herald that authorities learned Jalyssa was at her cousin’s house and picked her up there. Mosley told the Herald that Jalyssa has been struggling since her sister was found dead and their father Nahshon Shannon was charged with her murder.
Janessa Shannon, 13, was reported missing by her father Nahshon Shannon on July 3. At the time, Shannon told investigators he last saw her at his Riverview home two days earlier. Nine days later a hiker found Janessa’s decomposing body in the wooded, isolated Triple Creek Nature Preserve, about eight miles from the father’s home.
In October, Nahshon Shannon was arrested on charges of first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse. Investigators found evidence that they say shows Shannon killed his daughter, wrapped her body in a black plastic garbage bag and buried her in a shallow grave.