BREAKING: Search for Missing 12-year-old Naomi Jones Continues

UPDATE (MONDAY, 3:00 p.m.)- According to Klass Kids, a prayer service is being held Monday night for missing Naomi Jones at 6 o’clock. The prayer service will be held at Olive Baptist Church (the main site) located at 1836 E Olive Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514.

UPDATE (MONDAY, 12:45 p.m.) – Law enforcement established a checkpoint Monday afternoon outside the apartment complex of Naomi Jone’s mother. The checkpoint is on East Johnson Blvd outside the Aspen Village Apartments.

12-year-old Naomi Jones has been missing from her Pensacola home since last week. Officers tell News 5 that the checkpoint is being used to check vehicles and hand out flyers of the missing girl.

If you have any information about Jones, please call 9-1-1.


BREAKING:  (MONDAY, June 5th 2017, 6:54 a.m.)

Law Enforcement is assessing whether the search for 12-year-old Naomi Jones is still a rescue operation or whether it has become a recovery effort, Sheriff David Morgan said during a press conference early Monday morning.

After following up on more than 200 tips, investigators said there is still no sign of the missing girl.

“Very early on in this case after not that many hours, it was determined that we weren’t making the progress that we thought we should for the initial checklist that we run to eliminate the obvious,” Morgan said on the decision to reach out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “It’s time to call in the cavalry, and that’s what we did in Escambia County so you get the experts who do this on a daily basis.”

Local, state and federal investigators have searched a three mile radius around the Aspen Village apartment complex where Naomi lived with her family.

Morgan described Naomi, who disappeared March 31, as “the all-American girl.”

“She’s missing so we’re investigating this as if anything could’ve taken place,” said Escambia County Chief Deputy Chip Simmons, who also spoke at the press conference. “At this point, we really do not know what happened to Naomi.”

BREAKING:  (Monday, June 5th 2017 6:00 a.m.)

Morgan says, “what they are doing today is basically wrapping up some ends or some leads that we have had over the last several days.  Those will be pursued very aggressively.” He says, “Escambia County Sheriff’s are triple checking areas that they have already searched.”

Escambia County Sheriff’s office has “a couple of things today that they are holding out hope.”  Morgan hopes that these things

The Sheriff’s office has received over 200 tips and has followed each of them.  They ask that people continue to give them tips that they can follow.

ECSO thanks those involved in the search.

BREAKING:  (Monday, June 5th 2017, 4:00 a.m.)

Escambia County Sheriff’s office officials will update the media on the desperate search for 12-year-old Naomi Jones.  A press conference is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Monday at the command center at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.

News 5 will stream the press conference live on News 5 This Morning and our WKRG News 5 Facebook fan page.

UPDATE: (Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 7:50 p.m.) 

Klaas Kids has released a new missing poster for 12-year-old Naomi Jones. This new poster includes the new reward for $20-thousand-dollars. Search crews, both law enforcement and volunteer based, will be handing this poster out tomorrow as the search for Naomi continues here in Pensacola. If you would like to volunteer to aid in the search you can sign up by coming to Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

UPDATE: (Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 1:30 p.m.)

Major Andrew Hobbs with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says the search continues.  Hobbs says the groups involved in the search are: Klaas Kids, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Escambia Search and Rescue, members of the Marshall Task Force, and other federal and local agencies.

Hobbs says they are following up on every tip received and asks that anyone with information please call 9-1-1.

UPDATE: (Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 4:20 p.m.)

A 20-thousand Dollar reward is being offered for any information on missing 12-year-old Naomi Jones.

 

UPDATE: (Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 2:05 p.m.)

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with search efforts in find missing 12-year-old Naomi Jones who went missing Wednesday afternoon from her home.

“Bring Naomi Home” is the name of the account. The goal is to raise 10-thousand dollars.

UPDATE:  (Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 9:35 a.m.)

People continue the arduous search for the missing girl.  Major Andrew Hobbs with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says the operation to find Naomi Jones continues to run 24 hours a day.

“We’re going to continue our investigation and continue our search. We continue to track down leads and follow to a finale,” said Major Hobbs.  Officials say Klass Kids and others are expanding their search areas.  Once they clear an area they expand the search to an even larger footprint.  The epicenter is Johnson Avenue.  It’s the last place Naomi Jones was seen.

UPDATE: (Friday, 3:53 p.m.) The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida State Attorney’s Office and Pensacola Police Department held a press conference updating the status of the search for Naomi Jones at 3 p.m.

Sheriff David Morgan says multiple agencies — including state, federal and volunteers — have been on-alert and searching 24 hours a day, “shaking trees and patrolling the waterways.”

“As you can well imagine, these are the [cases] that we dread,” said Sheriff David Morgan, citing the lack of defined crime scene and physical evidence, but the department has developed a few persons of interests.

There has been an influx of calls providing tips, and the department is trying to take as many leads as possible.

“72 hours is a critical time frame for anyone that is missing,” Morgan said. The 72-hour clock defines the probability of finding a missing person unharmed. Beyond that point, the likelihood of finding the person alive starts dropping off.

Morgan says the county has “people flying in from around the United States to help search for” Naomi, who was first reported to have gone missing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Morgan says that time frame has been expanded to any time between noon and 4 p.m. that day.

Assistant State Attorney John Molchan reiterated that statement, saying “every effort is being made to locate her.”

Molchan also asked the community to stay vigilant and speak up if they have information.

Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons also shared additional details about Naomi’s life. She turned 12 on April 15 and recently graduated elementary school.

Morgan says her parents, who are divorced, have been very communicative with law enforcement.

At this time, an Amber Alert has not been issued.

If you have any information about Naomi Jones, please call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or KlaasKids at (855) 733-5567.

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UPDATE: (Friday, 7:15 a.m.) Escambia County, Florida sheriff’s deputies and volunteers with the Klaas Kids organization have searched through the night, and there is still no sign of 12-year-old Naomi Jones.

News 5 has been in touch with both agencies this morning.  A command center is set up at Olive Baptist Church off Davis Highway in Pensacola.

Authorities are asking the public to share pictures of Naomi Jones on social media.

UPDATE: The FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are now investigating this case.

“My son calls me and say, ‘Mom… Naomi is nowhere to be found,'” said Shantara Hurry, Naomi’s mother.  “I rushed home from work to find my daughter… And she was nowhere to be found.”

Hurry says her children went for a walk Wednesday, returned home to Aspen Village Apartments, and then Naomi went back out for whatever reason.  She left her cellphone, purse, and keys behind.  No one has seen or heard from her since Wednesday at 1:00.

“We have a 12-year-old that’s missing, and were doing everything that we can to find her,” said Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chip Simmons.  “I really don’t have info more than that. We’re talking to as many people as we can in hopes we can find her and bring her home to her mother.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI are also working this case.  Escambia Search and Rescue, and Klaas Kids have mobile command centers set up at Olive Baptist Church.

Thursday evening, several of Hurry’s coworkers showed up to the mobile command center to split into teams and pass out fliers.

“We knew… we was like… this is not like this child, something has occurred,” said Hurry’s friend and coworker Capricia Bell.  “So we all wanted to do something and so I decided I’m going, no matter what time I get off, I will be here.”

Hurry is staying positive but believes something awful could have happened to her daughter.  She shared this message for anyone who could have taken Naomi.

“Bring my child back home,” Hurry said.  “Nothing will ever replace my daughter, and I live my life for my child.  S he was my first born.  I had her at 18 years old.  I was a baby myself, and she taught me so much being a mother. I just want my baby back. Naomi, if you’re watching this, I just want you to come back home…. Momma…. I miss you so much.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 immediately.

Law enforcement agencies are asking the public to please share pictures and posters on social media of Naomi Jones in hopes someone will recognize her face and speak up.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching Thursday afternoon for a 12-year-old girl who went missing on Wednesday.

Naomi Jones was reported missing at 1 p.m. on May 31. According to a poster from KlaasKids, Jones is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 100 pounds, pink and black weaves in her hair, brown eyes along with pierced ears.

She was last seen wearing a red spaghetti strap shirt, American flag shorts, and a white choker necklace.

Jones was last seen in front of Aspen Village Apartments on East Johnson Avenue in Pensacola.

If you have any information about Naomi Jones, please call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or KlaasKids at (855) 733-5567.

 

 

 

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