The nearly week-long search for the missing 12-year-old girl from Pensacola, Florida, ended on Tuesday when a fisherman found her body in the creek just miles from her home. Naomi Jones was found dead after being reported missing last Wednesday, reported the Pensacola News Journal.
“It’s now my sad duty to report to you and confirm that we have found Naomi,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan at a press conference on Monday afternoon streamed to Facebook Live. “We found her this afternoon. A report came in to my office just a little after 4 p.m. today that there was a body found off Ashland and Detroit in 8-mile creek, which initially fit the description of Naomi.”
During the press conference, Morgan revealed the department believes this was a homicide and investigators already have a list of names they believe could have been involved.
“I want to caution everyone, that can drop to one or that could go to three or four but right now we have defined two people we are extremely interested in,” said Morgan.
When asked if a family member is on the person of interest list, Morgan said it’s “possible.”
“That’s very possible, either to the family or to Naomi or a circle of friends but again as the investigation continues we’ll be able to further define that down, how did she make contact with him, was it a random thing, those are answers to the case that are very significant in developing the time line.”
Although the official cause of death was not announced, Morgan suggested drowning could have been the reason behind her death.
A prayer vigil will be held at Olive Baptist Church (the main site) located at 1836 E Olive Road in Pensacola at 6 p.m.
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