Casei Jones: Husband arrested after missing Florida mom, 4 children found dead in Georgia
A Florida father was arrested after the bodies of his wife and four children, who hadn't been seen in six weeks, were discovered by authorities in Georgia.
Michael Wayne Jones Jr., 38, is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Casei Jones, whose mother, Nikki Jones, reported her daughter missing on Saturday night after not hearing from her for weeks.
Jones Jr. has not been charged in the deaths of his four children — identified as 1-year-old Aiyana Jones, 2-year-old Mercalli Jones, 5-year-old Preston Bowers and 10-year-old Cameron Bowers — but officials say more charges "may be forthcoming."
Photo: Brantley County Sheriff's Office
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said it believes Jones Jr. may have killed all five victims at their home in Summerfield, Fla., and stored the bodies at the residence and in his van for several weeks before transporting them across state lines.
Casei Jones's body was discovered in her husband's van on Sunday by police after he crashed the vehicle in Brantley County, Ga., about 150 miles from the family's house.
Responding officers "smelled a foul odor" coming from the van before Jones told them, "You may want to put me in handcuffs," CNN reports.
Jones Jr. later led detectives to the bodies of his four children in nearby Charlton County, Ga., according to officials.
Photos: Marion County Sheriff's Office
"Unfortunately, true evil poked its head up here in Marion County," Sheriff Billy Woods said at a Monday press conference. "That's about the only best way to describe it. As a father, as a parent, it breaks my heart. As a sheriff, it angers me."
"Justice will be served upon him," Woods added. "As far as I'm concerned, as the sheriff of this county, underneath the jail ain't good enough. He has no right to walk the face of this earth."
Those with information on the case are urged to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (352) 732-9111.