UPDATE TUESDAY, JUNE 6TH, 2017
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says they are looking at at least two persons of interest in the death of Naomi Jones. He says the investigation is in its early stages.
“I want to caution everyone, that can drop to one or that could go to three or four but right now we have defined two people we are extremely interested in,” said Morgan. There are a lot of questions left from what happened to Naomi. Morgan says she last had contact with a friend on Facebook Wednesday afternoon and wasn’t heard from again. He says it’s possible whoever did this is someone already known to the family.
“That’s very possible, either to the family or to Naomi or a circle of friends but again but again as the investigation continues we’ll be able to further define that down, how did she make contact with him, was it a random thing those are answers to the case that are very significant in developing the timeline,” said Morgan. The sheriff says they are working close with the state attorney’s office to make sure all the evidence and interviews they’ve gathered over the last few days that are relevant to this death investigation are admissible in court.
“The worst thing that can happen is make some silly mistake and either lose evidence and or the case in and of itself, so we don’t want to make a false move, we’re at a critical juncture in this case,” said Morgan. There’s still a lot we don’t know. The sheriff hasn’t given us a narrative on what may have happened to Naomi Jones between Wednesday of her disappearance and when her body was found Monday afternoon. At this point, we don’t know how she died. An autopsy from the medical examiner’s office could be released today.
UPDATE: Monday evening, on Ashland Avenue and Detroit Boulevard, family members wept, yelled out in pain, and bowed their heads in prayer. Investigators are working into the evening, tasked with finding out what happened to Naomi Jones.
“It’s now my sad duty to report to you and confirm that we have found Naomi,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan at a press conference on Monday afternoon. “We found her this afternoon. A report came into my office just a little after 4 pm today that there was a body found off Ashland and Detroit in 8-mile creek, which initially fit the description of Naomi.”
Friends and family members of both Naomi’s mother and father gathered at the scene. Tensions ran high between the families as they grieved their loss.
Now, what was a search and rescue becomes a homicide investigation.
“We have reason to believe through all the activities that have occurred over the last five days, that we now have sufficient information to pursue some individuals who may be persons of interest,” Sheriff Morgan said. “Who may be involved in not only the disappearance of Naomi but might quite possibly be involved in her homicide.”
In a time where many questions linger, Sheriff Morgan says knowing why this happened is not his concern.
“I’m a sheriff. I’m a law enforcement officer,” Sheriff Morgan began. “I don’t care why. You’ve killed one of my citizens. That’s all I’m concerned with. I leave the whys to the psychologists and the script writers. We want to solve this crime and bring to justice the person who took Naomi’s life.”
A public information officer at the sheriff’s office said they don’t have any new information as of Monday evening to release but hope to be able to release more Tuesday morning.
Mobile, AL (WKRG)- Investigators have found a body in Pensacola.
Sheriff David Morgan in a press conference Monday evening confirm the body is that of missing 12-year-old Naomi Jones who vanished from her home Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Jones’s body was found after 4 pm on Ashland Avenue and Detroit Street in a water stream according to Sheriff Morgan.
People of Interest will be questioned, but no further leads of the suspects are available at this time.
A Prayer Vigil will still be held at Olive Baptist Church (the main site) located at 1836 E Olive Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514 at 6 o’clock.
This is a developing story and we will have updates online and on the air.
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