Tacoma mother's dead body found; FBI searching for killer
TACOMA, Wash. -- The FBI is trying to find whoever killed a Tacoma single mother and left her body on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The remains of Jessica Jackson were found on September 13, but word is just getting out a full week later.
"She has a daughter and she left a lot of family," said friend Cecelia Rivero.
Rivero reported Jackson missing on September 4. Her body was found on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) training grounds in Spanaway.
"It's just horrible," Rivero said. "I hope they get caught."
It is not yet known when she was killed or where. Her friends believe she was murdered somewhere out in the county and then placed at JBLM.
"I was told that she was shot in the face several times and her body was ditched, like she was a piece of garbage," said friend Danielle Roquette.
But the FBI didn't make it public until Thursday when KOMO News pressed them for answers.
"It's just wrong, just nothing," Rivero said. "It doesn't make sense to me. She deserves to be on the news. We deserve to know what happened."
Family and friends were on alert last Friday when remains were found on Puyallup's South Hill.
"We heard about that," Rivero said. "We all thought that was Jessica, but it wasn't."
It turned out to be Ginger Gover. The search for her killer is moving ahead and so is the search for whoever killed Jackson, found the very next day.
Her friends admit she had a conviction for assault, but said that shouldn't lessen the importance of this case.
The FBI issued this statement on Thursday, "The FBI is investigating the death of an individual found on Joint Base Lewis McChord on Thursday, September 13 with the support of our law enforcement partners. This individual was later identified as Jessica Shaunti Jackson by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to provide additional information at this time."
"Because at the end of the day, she was still a mother, she was still a daughter, she was still a sister and she deserves to have the justice just like everybody else," Roquette said.
The FBI said it is preparing a statement about the case.
Family and friends of Jackson say they plan to gather near the Spanaway Walmart on Friday at 5 p.m. for a vigil in her honor.