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Murdered 11-year-old's family speaks about cold case

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The mother of Jodi Parrack, once known as Valerie, but now goes by Jo, stood along side her niece Alea Holliday, friend Robin Bowen, sister Kristy Pearson, and the sister-in-law to Raymond McCann, Julie McCann.

Jo says since the death of her daughter, Jodi, in 2007, her life hasn't been the same. Since the murder, she's moved to Hammond, Indiana, changed her name, and says, "I just needed to get away. What's gotten me through these 7 years?  My dog and God."

Since Michigan State Police and Constantine police took in Raymond McCann as a person of interest in the death of the little girl, Jo says she knew it all along. "I could tell he way lying. He was the one when we went searching for her who said to look in the cemetery. You would have thought it was his daughter the way he was crying when we found her."

Raymond McCann's sister-in-law, Julie McCann, says when she saw Ray's mug shot, "It sent chills down my spine. I saw it on Facebook, and just the look in his eyes. I got chills," she says.

Jo says since day one of the investigation, she has spoken to detectives at least once a week, sometimes even three times a week. "I'm so thankful for them not letting this case be forgotten. As a mother, when I know the truth, it will be easier for me to move on. The fact that I don't know, that's what kills me the most," says Jo.

What's strange about the case of the murdered little girl is that both families involved, Jo's family and McCann's family, are very close friends.  Jo says she doesn't care what happens to Ray McCann, "I don't care what he's charged with. I just want him in jail for what he did, and I want the truth. All I want is for him to start speaking the truth."

Jo says these past seven years have been horrible, but one glimmer of hope she says, "I have a granddaughter now. So whenever I can, I try to spend time with her and think about the positive. Think about her and her future. That's what keeps me positive."

Jo says everyday she thinks about Jodi, "She was a sweet gentle kid. She loved babies, she loved cooking, she loved helping everyone. She loved to fish, loved the outdoors. She was a tomboy dressed up like a princess. That's what I remember most about her."
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