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Apr 13, 2012 2:33 PM

Landfill search for missing Ariz. girl nears $400K

PHOENIX (AP) - Glendale police have spent nearly $400,000 in the first eight weeks of a landfill search for a missing girl's remains.

For 10 weeks, police have raked through thousands of tons of trash at the Butterfield Station Landfill south of Phoenix hoping to find 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley's body.

Authorities say they have yet to find any evidence that's directly linked to the child.

Police believe the girl's body was disposed of days before her mother reported her missing Oct. 11.

The landfill search in Mobile began Feb. 6.

The Arizona Republic says police have used funds from drug-investigation seizures to cover $255,500 in equipment, fuel and other costs.

But the newspaper says Glendale has paid out about $144,000 in overtime to officers, firefighters and others assisting with the search.

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