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Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to a vehicle for transport to Lexington County, S.C., where is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, Tuesday, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton, left, watches as Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail to a vehicle for transport to Lexington County, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Raleigh, Miss. Jones is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama on Tuesday where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail to a vehicle for transport to Lexington County, S.C. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Raleigh, Miss. Jones is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama on Tuesday where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton, speaks with reporters about the day's events surrounding the extradition of Timothy Ray Jones Jr., to South Carolina, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Raleigh, Miss. Jones is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, Tuesday, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Standing outside his jail, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton, speaks with reporters about the extradition of Timothy Ray Jones Jr., to South Carolina, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in Raleigh, Miss. Jones is expected to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, Tuesday, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty, left, answers questions during a press conference about Timothy Ray Jones, who is accused of killing his five children in Lexington County and dumping the bodies in Alabama. The news conference was conducted at the Lexington County Sheriff's Department Training Center, Wed., Sept. 10, 2014 in Lexington, S.C. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
Photos of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. children are on display during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept Training Center in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Jones Jr., 32, will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags, a sheriff said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
ADDS JR. TO NAME - This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)
A dirt filled area near the crime scene found on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man, 32-year-old Timothy Ray Jones Jr., in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led them to the secluded dirt road in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson said the father is suspected of killing the five children in South Carolina and dumping the bodies in Alabama.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Authorities gather in a fielded area surrounded by trees Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Camden, Ala. A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
Sheriff McCarty addresses the media during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept Training Center in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags, McCarty said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A dirt filled area near the crime scene found on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man, 32-year-old Timothy Ray Jones Jr., in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led them to the secluded dirt road in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson said the father is suspected of killing the five children in South Carolina and dumping the bodies in Alabama.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
An investigator leads a truck near the crime scene on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Photos of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. children are on display during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept Training Center in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Jones Jr., 32, will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags, a sheriff said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A group of investigators gather under a light near the crime scene on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A helicopter flies over the scene on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Authorities gather in a fielded area surrounded by trees Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014,in Camden, Ala. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
An investigator leads a truck near the crime scene on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Camden, Ala. Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is suspected of killing his children in South Carolina and leaving their bodies in a rural area near Camden. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
Sheriff McCarty, flanked by FBI agent Dave Thomas, addresses the media, as photos of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. children are on display, during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept Training Center in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Jones Jr., 32, will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags, McCarty said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
Lawmen from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina leave the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 following a short visit with Smith County Sheriff Charlie Charlie Crumpton. Lawmen from South Carolina are expected to escort Timothy Ray Jones Jr., back to South Carolina where he is to be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, Tuesday, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
A view of the home of Timothy Ray Jones is shown, in Redbank, S.C. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Authorities expect to charge Jones in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led officers to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags. Police in South Carolina and Mississippi say Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and that police expect to lodge additional charges against him. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
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By JAY REEVES and BRYNN ANDERSON

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities expect to charge a South Carolina man in connection with the deaths of his five children after he led them to a secluded dirt road in Alabama where their bodies lay wrapped in individual garbage bags.

Timothy Ray Jones Jr. has been charged with child neglect and police expect to lodge additional charges against him, the Lexington County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Jones, 32, is awaiting extradition to South Carolina from Mississippi, where he has been jailed since his arrest Saturday on a drunken-driving charge, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said in a statement.

Wilcox County, Alabama, District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that the 32-year-old Jones is suspected of killing the children in South Carolina before bringing their bodies to Alabama.

Police Say Man Crossed Southern U.S. To Dump Kids' Bodies

Police have not released details on how the children died. Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells was arranging for the children's bodies to be taken back to South Carolina for autopsies and identification Tuesday night, sheriff's officials said.

It also was unclear when the children were killed, how much time passed before their bodies were disposed of, and what motivation Jones might have had to do it.

"This is a very tragic situation," Jackson said. "These kids' lives were snuffed out before they had a chance to enjoy life. Justice will be served."

Jones had joint custody of his children with his ex-wife, police said, and had recently told neighbors he and the kids were going to move out of South Carolina.

Marlene Hyder and her husband, Johnny Hyder, said Jones and his wife moved into a house next to them about seven years ago in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, 25 miles west of Columbia. Two years ago, the wife moved in with a male neighbor and Tim Jones moved away with the children, the Hyders said.

Jones led police to the site where the bodies of the children were found, off a two-lane highway near Camden, Ala., said Alabama Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett.

Investigators could be seen at the site late Tuesday, working in a clearing at the top of a hill lit by floodlights.

Jones was detained in Smith County, Mississippi, on Saturday after being stopped at a motor vehicle checkpoint near Raleigh, Mississippi, and charged with drunken driving, Crumpton said.

The Smith County sheriff said Jones became agitated when a deputy questioned him about an odor of chemicals coming from the Cadillac Escalade he was driving. The deputy found what were believed to be chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a substance believed to be the street drug Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana, Crumpton said. A sheriff's office investigator was called and found what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids, he said.

During a background check, police discovered that Jones was wanted in South Carolina "regarding a welfare concern of his children," who were on a national missing persons list, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. The children, who ranged from 1 to 8 years old, were reported missing by their mother Sept. 3, authorities said.

Jarrett told a news conference that authorities were not sure why Jones drove through Alabama.

Back in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, Johnny Hyder said that when the Joneses lived next door, the children were often dressed in dirty clothes and were seen home at all hours of the day because Tim Jones had said he didn't believe in the public schools. Hyder said Jones was constantly looking for a reason to argue and often threatened to call the police. He said Jones approached him with a gun on his hip one day and was angry about something, but Hyder couldn't remember what it was. When Hyder said he was going to call police, he said Jones told him it was only a BB gun.

"It wasn't a BB gun," Hyder said. "It was a real gun. I know what one looks like, but I didn't want to cause any more trouble."

Marlene Hyder said Jones threatened to kill one of their dogs when it briefly went onto his property.

"He was a nut," she said.

Marlene Hyder said she also remembered a day when one of the Joneses' younger children came over to the Hyders' house and tried to drink out of one of their outdoor spigots. He was dirty and disheveled and ran back to his house when she tried to speak to him, she said.

A "no trespassing" sign was posted near the driveway of a house where the Hyders said Tim Jones' ex-wife still lived with the other neighbor. Several people were seen walking around the yard, but none responded to questions from a reporter.

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