Update: Autopsy Report, Naomi Jones Cause of Death Still Unknown

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — From the autopsy report, we now know that Naomi had duct tape and plastic in her hair.

The report says she died of homicidal violence, but did not say exactly how she died.

Leaving more questions about what happened to the girl who loved Hello Kitty.

“I just want my baby back, Naomi if you’re watching this, I just want you to come back home I miss you so much,” said Shantara Hurry, Namoi’s mother.

That desperate plea from Naomi’s mother sent a community looking for her by the dozens.

“It’s a big area, and we need people everywhere, we need them downtown, out here, Ensley, Cantonment, everywhere, we need everybody looking,” said a volunteer.

Five days later, came the grim discovery, her body found in Eight Mile Creek, sending shock waves through the community.

“It gives me the chills, the only thing I can say is lord help us.”

The man charged in Naomi’s death, Robert Howard was a registered sex offender in Alabama, at the time of the crime.

The State Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty.

CORRECTION: Ethanol found during the autopsy, according to the state attorney’s office, was due to natural processes in the body after death. Prosecutors say they have no reason to believe Naomi Jones ingested alcohol before her death. The levels recorded in the autopsy were not abnormal and they have no reason to believe Naomi Jones was intoxicated at the time of her death.

PENSACOLA, FL (WKRG) — The autopsy results for murdered 12-year-old Naomi Jones don’t reveal an exact cause of death.

News 5 obtained the autopsy report from the Escambia County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday.  The report reveals Jones’ body was found immersed in water with duct tape found stuck to the hair on her head.  She also had bruises to her right elbow and right leg.

A screenshot of the autopsy report of Naomi Jones.

While authorities have stated previously they believe Jones died of asphyxiation, the medical examiner did not conclusively state a cause of death in the autopsy report.   Jones’ death was ruled as “homicide violence of undetermined means.”

Jones disappeared from her apartment complex Aspen Village on May 31st, 2017, and was found dead five days later.

Robert Howard, a convicted sex offender in Alabama, is accused of kidnapping and killing Naomi Jones before dumping her body in Eight Mile Creek in Pensacola.


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