Farrey case update: Neighbors react to infant body found
POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:42am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 1:16pm
EPPD: Body found believed to be that of missing 5 mo. old found in desert near Orogrande, NM
El Paso, TX (KTSM) —
A 5-day search for a missing west El Paso baby ends in tragedy.
"A body has been recovered. It is believed to be the body of 5 month old Jackson Farrey," said Darrel Petry, a spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department at a press conference in Orogrande, New Mexico on Wednesday morning.
Investigators found Jackson's remains in the desert west of US 54 in Orogrande, New Mexico, a town 50 miles north of El Paso on Wednesday morning.
They say that officers pinpointed the location late Tuesday evening.
EPPD says they are involved in a multi-agency investigation, including multiple law enforcement offices from Michigan, Illinois, Texas and New Mexico, including FBI and U.S. Border Patrol.
"It was just really shocking to know that someone could do something like that," said Marlene Dominguez, a neighbor of the Farrey family in west El Paso.
Jackson and his family were first reported missing from their west El Paso home on Friday, November 15th.
Two days later, police found his parents Jeffrey and Jenna Farrey, and their 19 month old son Blake at a motel in Escanaba, Michigan.
But baby Jackson was nowhere to be found - his parents were later arrested.
"I don't think anything in this world should be enough to do what you do to your children like that," said Dominguez.
Jeffrey Farrey was booked into the El Paso County Jail on Wednesday afternoon and charged with "Injury to a Child by Omission," and his bond is set at $1.5 million.
Baby Jackson's mother, Jenna Farrey, remains in a Michigan jail where she's being held for violating her probation. She pleaded guilty in January to child endangerment charges, after she left her baby home alone for hours on multiple occasions.
"Two innocent children, they don't have no way to defend themselves," said Rachel Sotillo, another neighbor of the Farrey family in west El Paso.
"To me, when I first heard the story, it was shocking that they had kids because not once did I see them with any of their kids," said Dominguez.
Residents in west El Paso say their neighborhood is peaceful and tight-knit, except for the Farreys who were a mystery and weren't very friendly with anyone.
"Some day, I tried to communicate with her (Jenna) and 'Welcome!' because she was new in the neighborhood but she turned the face down and I said, 'Well, forget it,' said Sotillo.
Jackson Farrey's body was sent to the University of New Mexico Medical examiners offices in Albuquerque, NM for a full autopsy.
Blake Farrey was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services back in Michigan.
As we've reported, The Farrey family, Fort Bliss Army soldier Jeffrey Farrey, 22, his wife, 20-year-old Jenna Farrey, and their two children, Blake, 19-months, and Jackson Farrey, 5-months, along with their family dog were reported missing on Friday, November 15. Police were called to check on the Farrey family after Jeffrey failed to report to his station at Fort Bliss on Friday morning.
Saturday, the Farrey's landlord,Octavio Hidalgo discovered that the Farreys left behind an alleged suicide note in their home. The landlord, not expecting the Farreys to return was allowed to enter the home and began cleaning what he described as filthy, and inhumane.
The Farreys were subsequently found on Sunday in Escanaba, Michigan at the Eagle's Nest Motel, a small 12-room hotel less than a mile from the shores of Lake Michigan. At that time, Jeffrey, Jenna and 19-month old Blake were discovered, but the youngest member of the Farrey family, 5-month old Jackson was not with them.
Tuesday afternoon police began a thorough search of the Farrey's rental home on the 7300 block of Cerro Negro in El Paso's West side. They subsequently towed the Farrey's other vehicle, a white-colored Scion TC3.
Jeffrey Farrey was transferred from the custody of the Delta County Sheriffs office on Monday. It was unclear what law enforcement entity took Jeffrey into custody, but he was previously being held on Charges stemming from an Absent without Leave Charge from Fort Bliss, TX. Jenna Farrey is still in custody in Escanaba, MI in the Delta County Sheriffs office on charges stemming from a probation violation.
More charges may be pending. We will continue to follow the story as it develops.