Seven months ago, Jalyssa Shannon’s older sister Janessa went missing, sparking a frantic search that ended with the discovery of the 13-year-old’s body in a Hillsborough County nature preserve and, later, the arrest of the girls’ father in her murder.
Now authorities are searching for 12-year-old Jalyssa after she left her mother’s Bradenton home Sunday and never returned, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Jalyssa was in touch with a sister Monday afternoon, the Bradenton Herald reported.
Deputies said Jalyssa Shannon left Michelle Mosley’s home in the 900 block of 65th Avenue W about 9 p.m. Mosley reported her missing several hours later. The case was being treated as a runaway, said Manatee sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.
Jalyssa Shannon is described as 4-foot-11 and 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and capri pants. Anyone with information is asked to call a local law enforcement agency.
A missing daughter wasn’t Mosley’s only problem: She was also wanted on a warrant for public assistance fraud.
Mosley, 35, was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday and booked into the Manatee County jail.
According to an arrest warrant, Mosley failed to disclose information about her household’s income between November 2013 and January 2016. She was released later in the day after posting $1,000 bail.
Mosley did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Jalyssa’s disappearance and her mother’s arrest are the latest troubles for a family that for years has been plagued by turmoil.
Over the years, Mosley and the girls’ father Nahson Shannon battled for custody of the girls and traded unproven allegations that the teens were being abused.
Janessa Shannon, 13, was reported missing by her father Nahson Shannon July 3, 2017. At the time, Nahson Shannon told investigators he last saw her at his Riverview home two days earlier. He attended at least one vigil with other family members desperate for word on the girl.
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 2017, Nahshon Shannon was arrested on charges of first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse. Investigators found evidence that they say shows Shannon wrapped his daughter in a black plastic garbage bag sealed with clear tape and buried her in a shallow grave. Her nose was broken, she had fractures above two teeth and she’d been hit and possibly strangled in the final hours of her life, investigators concluded. She also had traces of cocaine and alcohol in her system when she died.
The case is still pending in Hillsborough circuit court.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office initially treated Janessa as a runaway and later defended its efforts after family accused the agency of failing to do enough to find her. The episode prompted the Sheriff’s Office to issue news releases on every missing child. Prior to that, the agency had only released info on missing children considered to be endangered.
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