Yet another year has gone by since Jilleda Jay John, a young Navajo mother under FBI protection for a court testimony in a kidnapping and sexual assault case involving Ramaris Anagal in Arizona, was found in a remote area near Mummy Cave in Del Muerto, AZ.
Her family has been waiting for a promised by the FBI reward poster and FBI renewal of interest in the case.
It is a heavy burden for any family not to know who killed their loved one. The waiting is unbearable at times.
Today, we remember Jilleda Jay John… We pray that someone who knows something will come forward without fear to bring justice to the perpetrator (s) in this horrible crime.
Deep faith and prayer is needed for this family and Jilleda’s young son who is now 5 years old. It is heartbreaking to imagine a child growing up knowing that his mother was murdered and that no one has done anything about it.
The shame lies first with the killer or killers, and the legal system has failed Jilleda and her family. Like too many People on Indian Reservations, Jilleda seems to be just another forgotten homicide. Last year, the Gallup Independent had promised to send a reporter and photographer to a Candlelight Service/Vigil that the family had planned on her anniversary, but never showed up or called.
Why is it that too many cases like Jilleda Jay John’s go “cold”? Why unsolved in an area of low population where everyone knows everyone else and someone must know something?
Doesn’t the homicide of a young mother matter?
Full articles in other blogs here have more information about this case.
If you or anyone you may know lives in the Chinle, Arizona (Apache Co.) area or are planning a trip to Canyon de Chelly, please circulate this information. Ask questions about the unsolved case (s) of Homicide in the area, and call any local police department to report (anonymously if you set your phone to “private” ) any information that you may have to help in this case. A child is waiting.
Prayers for healing and peace for Jilleda and her family…