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“We’re in what we believed to be the worst-case scenario from the beginning,” Coombs said.
Hunter was arrested on a child abuse charge last month related to Jhessye, and at that time, authorities said they doubted they would find the child alive.
Prosecutors were hesitant to pursue the child abuse charge because if convicted, they assert that she would not have been able to be charged with her daughter’s murder if, indeed, she was determined to be responsible.
Detectives now believe that Jhessye’s body is in a land-fill outside of Phoenix, and say that they are going to be as meticulous as possible while searching for her: