Fox News 17 is reporting today that a former Constantine reserve officer has been arrested for perjury in connection with the unsolved death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack in 2007. Constantine police officials say that Raymond Emmett McCann, a person of interest in the cold case, committed perjury and was arraigned on Saturday.
Jodi Christine Parrack was found dead in a cemetery, after failing to return home. Authorities say McCann's child often played with Jodi Parrack. Raymond Emmett McCann's perjury charge could carry a life sentence if convicted.
In 2007, police investigators were dispatched to the Constantine Township Cemetery around 10:30 p.m., where they found the body of Jodi Parrack. Parrack's distraught mother was the one to make the grizzly discovery. According to MLive, Valerie Jo Carver found her daughter's body in the cemetery after spotting her silver bike, nearby. Valerie Jo Carver had filed a missing person's report after her daughter failed to return home, then decided to go out and look for her.
She was last seen leaving the home of a friend on her bicycle that afternoon. Constantine police had no real leads in the case, though neighbors reported seeing a dark-color truck in the area, according to Sturgis Journal.
Friends and family say the Riverside Elementary School student loved school, animals and her classmates. News of the killing shocked the village and caused anxious parents to worry about their children at bus stops.
The death of Jodi Parrack in 2007 marked the first killing in the village in three decades. The little girl's family was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2008, and by 2009, police were still sifting through many leads in the case.
Over the years several vigils have been held in order to keep the case alive. The Constantine Police Department, along with the four-team cold case unit with the Michigan State Police, arrested Raymond Mccann on Friday.
Mccann will reappear in court on April 29.