Detectives hope reward will lead to Hillsborough teen’s killer

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) — Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help from the public as they investigate the death of a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing, then was found dead last week at a nature preserve in Riverview.

The body of 13-year-old Janessa Shannon was found by a hiker last Wednesday in a heavily-wooded area of the Triple Creek Nature Preserve in Riverview. She had previously been reported missing by her father.

Sheriff’s deputies say they are investigating the case as a homicide. No persons of interest or suspects have been named in the case.

Detectives and forensic investigators were spotted at Janessa’s father’s home on Saturday. They say that is the last place she was seen alive on July 1.

She was not reported missing until two days later. Police say Janessa was not considered endangered because she had run away in the past.

Janessa lived with her mother in Bradenton was staying with her father in Hillsborough when she disappeared.

Investigators say they are not pinpointing one person of interest. They say that detectives flew out of town to interview Janessa’s father, who was out of the state for his job. They say he was cooperating but will not allow them to search his home. He has consulted with an attorney and deputies can not talk with him, now.

Detectives are asking for help from the public as they investigate the teen’s death.  They want anyone who was in the preserve and saw something to call them.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering up to $3,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in the girl’s homicide.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-873-8477 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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