Crews Search For More Body Parts - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Crews Search For More Body Parts

By PAUL SINGER, Associated Press Writer

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - Crews searched a swampy area Monday for body parts and evidence after a head and limbs believed to belong to a missing 14-year-old girl were found.

Joseph Persichini, acting agent in charge of the FBI's Cleveland division, said agents were helping local police with the search, which was complicated by persistent rain over the weekend. The rain held off Monday despite cloudy skies.

"It's just an awful situation," Persichini said. "It couldn't be more difficult."

Kristen Jackson, a freshman at Northwestern High School in West Salem, was last seen Sept. 9 walking toward the main gate of the Wayne County Fairgrounds to meet her mother in this farming community. Until then, she had been with her older sister and friends.

A suspect, Joel D. Yockey, 46, of Wooster, was arrested Friday night on a parole violation, Wayne County Sheriff Tom Maurer said.

Yockey had not been charged in Kristen's disappearance or death and authorities refused to say why he was a suspect.

The body parts were found late Saturday afternoon, Maurer said. He refused to say exactly where the search was being conducted, citing the ongoing investigation.

Yockey was released from prison in March after serving 15 years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for the 1986 kidnap-rape of a 17-year-old Wayne County girl.

Police said they discovered the remains while searching an area they had reason to believe Yockey would have visited.

Prisons spokeswoman Andrea Dean said Yockey was suspected of violating a parole condition that barred him from associating with anyone under age 18. She would not specify if Yockey was suspected of associating with Kristen or how authorities became aware of the alleged violation.

Dean said Yockey had complied with a requirement to check five times monthly with his parole officer.

Yockey, who must report his address to the sheriff as a sexually oriented offender, lived with his parents after his release from prison. The house is next to a home where Kristen occasionally visited a friend.

On Sunday, residents packed the Parkview Church of Christ, where the Jacksons are members. Some church members wept openly at the church, which is about 50 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Some residents questioned why the neighborhood was not notified of Yockey's rape conviction after he moved back to the city in March.

"The public should know more about someone who had a rape charge," said Chris Schultz, 31. "This guy could have been living next to me. It could have been one of my daughters."

Yockey moved in with his mother after his release from jail. He was classified as a "sexually oriented offender" and was listed as such on the sheriff's department Web site.

Those offenders are required to register their address for 10 years after their release from prison, but officials are not required to notify neighbors, as with some other sexual offenders.

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