UPDATE 8:30 AM: In a press conference Thursday morning, Escambia County Sheriff, David Morgan confirmed that 38-year-old Robert Letroy Howard, has been charged in connection with Naomi’s murder.
Video surveillance shows that Howard was in the area during the time of Naomi’s disapperance, but told Investigators he was not in Florida at the time.
Investigators say Howard’s vehicle matched the description of a vehicle caught on surveillance where Naomi’s body was found Monday.
Police believe Howard acted alone in the murder of Naomi and was taken into custody early Thursday morning at 4:30 am.
He is being held on a $600,000 bond in Escambia County jail charged with a sex offender violation of failure to register as a sex offender, kidnapping, and a first degree murder charge.
The investigation is still unfolding.
Howard will make his first court appearance Friday morning.
Tune into News 5 at noon and on WKRG’s facebook Page for the latest details on the case.
MOBILE, AL (WKRG)-Escambia County, Florida Sheriff David Morgan has called an 8:30 a.m. press conference regarding the Naomi Jones homicide investigation.
News 5 will broadcast the press conference live on WKRG and on the WKRG Facebook page.
Jones, 12, was missing for five days before her body was discovered in Eight Mile Creek about four miles from the Aspen Village Apartments were she lived in Pensacola.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Morgan said Jones died of asphyxiation and told reporters that investigators had identified three persons of interest who communicated with the young girl on a social media app called ‘Marco Polo’. The sheriff described the messages as sexual.
Experts who analyzed Jones’ remains determined that the 12-year-old died within 24 to 36 hours after she disappeared on May 31.