1 Man kills 5 kids ; dumps bodies in garbage bags
WILCOX COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – The bodies of five children, ages one to eight, were found in Wilcox County, Alabama off Highway 10 near Camden on Tuesday, September 9. The children’s father, Timothy Ray Jones Jr., led investigators to the bodies that authorities said were found decomposed individually wrapped in plastic garbage bags.
Jones is suspected of killing his 5 children in South Carolina where they lived and dumping their bodies in Wilcox County.
Jones’ divorced wife reported Jones and the children missing to the Lexington Sheriff’s Department at 6:11 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, Sheriff Lewis McCarty said. Deputies entered the five children and Jones as missing persons on the National Crime Information Center computer database. The five children lived at a home near Lexington with Jones, who is the children’s primary legal custodian.
Saturday, September 7, Jones was arrested at a DUI checkpoint in Raleigh, Mississippi on unrelated charges. Mississippi police believed Jones was drinking and found evidence of a meth lab and spice synthetic poison in his Cadillac Escalade.
An investigator with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene where the investigator found the presence of what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids. Jones’ tag was checked through NCIC (National Criminal Investigation Center) which showed a hit for the welfare of the five missing South Carolina children. After arresting the 32-year-old for DUI and possession of control substances, South Carolina authorities were notified of the arrest.
A multi-state and multi-agency search for the children began. Alabama State Troopers said Jones lead investigators to the bodies of his five children. The Lexington County, S.C., Sheriff’s Department said it had obtained an arrest warrant for Jones on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child and other charges are pending.
Jones remains in custody of the Smith County Sheriff’s office at this time awaiting extradition to South Carolina.
An autopsy will be performed on the bodies to determine the cause of death.