Family hopes body found isn't missing daughter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Family hopes body found isn't missing daughter

 A Frayser man walking his dog Tuesday discovered the body of a woman in the woods near the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Steele Street. Now, family members of a missing 16-year-old student fear the victim could be her.

Jaliesha Dickerson left her home on Dove Street last Thursday morning to walk to several blocks to Frayser High School. She never made it: Dickerson's family reported her missing that night.

"Lee Lee would not running away. That's her nickname...Lee Lee. She would not run away. She loves her her baby. She adores her baby; her daughter is three months old," said Diane Dickerson, the missing teen's aunt.

The body of a woman was found five days later and one block away from where Dickerson was last seen.

That body is now at the medical examiner's office, where experts are working to determine the woman's age and cause of death.

Investigators wouldn't connect the body to any missing persons case.

Word of Dickerson missing spread through the halls at Frayser High School Tuesday.

"Focused on school. That was basically what she was about when that time...from 7:30 to 2:15. She focused on her schoolwork," said schoolmate Kenneth Sangster.

Now the focus is on identifying the body as a worried family clings to hope that Jaliesha is still alive.

"If you see my niece, please give us a call. And if anyone is holding her please, please let her go," said Diane Dickerson.

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