A mother and her 4 children were reported missing in central Florida on September 14, 2019. The missing woman, Casei Jones, 32, had not been seen or heard from in over a month.
This prompted her mother to report the situation to authorities. She was worried that her husband had done something after not seeing her daughter or her grandchildren for weeks.
Car Accident Leads to Discovery
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods and his deputies searched but were unable to locate her after a grueling 24 hours. Early Monday, though, police located her husband, Michael Jones, in Brantley County, Georgia. He had just been involved in a car accident there.
When police arrived on the scene, he revealed that Mrs. Jones’ body was in the car. She had been dead for weeks.
Mrs. Jones’ mother thought she had been communicating with her daughter, but Mr. Jones may have been impersonating her the whole time.
Police promptly took him in for questioning, noting that he had a “foul odor” about him. Arrested under suspicion of second-degree murder, authorities believe he stored his wife and children’s bodies for weeks after murdering them.
Children’s Bodies Found After Questioning
After questioning the husband, and investigating the scene, eventually, police found the remains of the 4 children.
Woods called the entire scene “pure evil in Marion County” in a news release to the public. He added, “as a father, as a parent, it breaks my heart. As a sheriff, it angers me to no end.”
He did not disclose where the children were found or when they were killed.
Further Details Remain a Mystery
It was also noted the officials were not yet aware of a motive or precise timing for the murder of Mrs. Jones or her children. However, Woods assured those attending the press conference that he would maintain the integrity of the case so no one could “poke holes” in once it goes to trial.
He was adamant that Mr. Jones would see justice, adding that “He has no right to walk on the face of this earth, and I’d hate to be him when he stands before the Lord.”
Casei Jones lived with her children in Summerfield, Florida. Their names were Cameron Bowers, 10; Preston Bowers, 5; Mercalli Jones, 2; and Aiyana Jones, 1.