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Beffie
01-08-2004, 12:27 PM
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2749905/detail.html

Four Killed, Three Children Abducted In Georgia

POSTED: 10:27 a.m. EST January 8, 2004
UPDATED: 11:07 a.m. EST January 8, 2004

RANGER, Ga. -- Authorities in northwest Georgia are looking for a man believed to have killed four people in Gordon County, Ga., and to have abducted three girls, including two of his own.


A spokesman for the sheriff's department -- Clent Harris -- says authorities have issued a murder warrant for 31-year-old Jerry William Jones, (pictured, left). He is believed to be traveling with the three girls in a 1991 Ford Explorer that is either red or maroon. It has a Georgia licence plate of 730 YFV.

The girls are identified as his daughters, 4-year-old Brandy Jones and 3-year-old Tammy Jones and another girl, 10-year-old Brittney Phelps.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Vicki Metz says the four people found dead are believed to have been killed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

She says authorities are not certain when the girls were taken. Investigators discovered the children were missing while they were investigating the killings.

Authorities have not released the names of the dead. CNN reported that one of the dead was a 10-month-old baby.

The sheriff's department and the GBI issued the Amber Alert, known as Levi's Call in Georgia, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.


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jubie
01-08-2004, 01:09 PM
I just got back from dropping my kids off at school and came back to see this at CNN. It hits home how truly awful humans can be. I'm just sick thinking about the terror those three little girls must be suffering. I'm praying for them. Every minute that goes by and they are still in danger must be an eternity for them. I had hope he wouldn't hurt them as they are children and the younger two are even his own until I read that there was a 10 month old found dead in the house.

Son of a B*tch. Catch him and hang him!

Newswolf
01-08-2004, 01:26 PM
MSNBC reported that the 10 month old was the perp's own baby. And that he called his wife yesterday, told her he had killed 4 people, that if she told police, he would start killing the children with him, one by one. Sicko. I hope they catch him soon.
edited to add: MSNBC is covering a news conf on this live at 1pm E

Casshew
01-08-2004, 01:31 PM
OMG... a 10 month old baby murdered :( that is so sad..... the poor little girls with this creep right now, they must be terrified...

Where does the 10 year old girl fit in? she is not his child... her family must be frantic with fear.

shdbepaintin
01-08-2004, 01:51 PM
I read on one of the stories that the 10 year old was a former stepdaughter, a child his exwife had from a previous relationship.
This is so awful.
If the Mother is in another state, who and why did he kill the other Three Adults, and then to kill your own baby.
This is so sad.


OMG... a 10 month old baby murdered :( that is so sad..... the poor little girls with this creep right now, they must be terrified...

Where does the 10 year old girl fit in? she is not his child... her family must be frantic with fear.

Newswolf
01-08-2004, 02:03 PM
MSNBC: two of the adult victims were grandparents of the kids involved

Newswolf
01-08-2004, 02:14 PM
An update

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3906801/

Murder suspect sought
in kidnapping of 3 kids
Man's daughter among 4 slain
FREE VIDEO


• Georgia manhunt
Jan. 8: WXIA-TV's Kevin Rowson reports from the murder scene.
MSNBC

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 12:35 p.m. ET Jan. 08, 2004RANGER, Ga. - Three adults and a 10-month-old baby were found shot to death early Thursday in two homes in rural Georgia, and three young girls were missing and feared kidnapped by the suspected killer, authorities said.

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Gordon County Sheriff’s spokesman Clent Harris said an arrest warrant for suspicion of murder had been issued for Jerry William Jones, 31, identified as the father of two of the missing girls and former stepfather of the third.

Authorities said they believe Jones took all three girls and that the children are in danger.

The murder scenes at the two homes in Ranger, Ga., 55 miles north of Atlanta, showed that the killer was “very methodical,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said.

‘This wasn’t quick’
”This wasn’t quick. He clearly took his time,” Bankhead said.

A man and a woman were found dead at one home, and a woman and an infant girl were slain at the other home, Bankhead said. It wasn’t clear where the kidnapped girls had been staying. Their mother, who authorities say was divorced from the Jones, was in Oregon at the time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Jones’ former brother-in-law as saying that the victims were his in-laws, Tom and Nola Blaylock, one of their adult daughters, Georgia Bradley, and Jones’ own infant daughter, Harley.

David O’Donnell told the newspaper that Jones was divorced from Melissa Peeler, the mother of the missing girls and Harley. Peeler was visiting her boyfriend in Oregon and her parents and sister were caring for the children.

After Wednesday’s killings, O’Donnell said, Jones called Peeler in Elliott, Ore., and told her that if she went to authorities, he would “start killing the kids one by one.”

Missing girls last seen Wednesday

Newswolf
01-08-2004, 02:42 PM
MSNBC: infant was strangled, adults multiple gunshot wounds.

bluehawaii25
01-08-2004, 03:29 PM
On MSNBC Jones brother in law stated this all began after there had been a child custody dispute and his children had been given by the courts to another couple (in laws, I believe). That is when he killed that couple and another of their family members.

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 04:31 PM
This is just awful. The GBI is very competant (SP?) though so hopefully they will find this guy before the children are hurt.

Newswolf
01-08-2004, 04:37 PM
Thanks BlueHawaii for that info, I had to leave during the news conference. Turbo, I'm thinking about what those children saw as he slaughtered members of their family and now they're trapped on the run with him. It's too horrifying.

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 04:40 PM
I guess I just don't get why he killed one of his own children but took the other 2 and the step daughter.

Maybe b/c a 10 month old whines and needs to be fed and changed? That is sick but I can't think of anyother reason. No wonder the court didn't give him custody of his children........

This will be very hard on the children and hopefully they will receive counseling on how to deal with those images and what they have been through.

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 04:41 PM
I also just wanted to say that I have the utmost respect for the GBI and the way that (most) of the Georgia police agencies conduct themselves. I use to live there and there are quite a few cases where they just didn't give up until they had the right person.

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 05:01 PM
"Jerry William Jones had been in the county jail before, primarily for minor traffic charges, Gordon County Sheriff Jerry Davis said.

"We've had him in our jail and we're fixing to put him back in our jail. We're gonna put him back on the chain gang he was on," Davis said."


http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040108_818.html

kgeaux
01-08-2004, 05:19 PM
Don't know how many of you are from Louisiana/Arkansas/Texas area, but the vehicle has possibly been spotted. Keep those eyes open.

http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1592815&nav=EyAzK512

Can't figure out why the LSP are "considering" issuing a Statewide Amber Alert--wouldn't you think they'd want to take every possible step to get those babies into safe hands, and back down later if it is discovered the vehicle has already crossed a state border?

Jeana (DP)
01-08-2004, 05:31 PM
Don't know how many of you are from Louisiana/Arkansas/Texas area, but the vehicle has possibly been spotted. Keep those eyes open.

http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1592815&nav=EyAzK512

Can't figure out why the LSP are "considering" issuing a Statewide Amber Alert--wouldn't you think they'd want to take every possible step to get those babies into safe hands, and back down later if it is discovered the vehicle has already crossed a state border?


Yes, they must think they might be heading toward Texas because I'm in Dallas and they just broke into the radio program I was listening to and did an Amber alert. I pray to God that they find these children unharmed and SOON!!! :(

angelmom
01-08-2004, 08:20 PM
We are in GA and were driving on 85 South from the far NE corner of the state today when we saw the AA on the hwy signs. It was a horrible feeling to know that we were very near where he was - most other AAs that I've been aware of have been several states away. We couldn't help looking for that red Explorer, even though we weren't anywhere he'd be going.

I hope and pray they can find these poor babies safe.

Ghostwheel
01-08-2004, 08:38 PM
I guess I just don't get why he killed one of his own children but took the other 2 and the step daughter.

Maybe b/c a 10 month old whines and needs to be fed and changed? That is sick but I can't think of anyother reason. No wonder the court didn't give him custody of his children........

This will be very hard on the children and hopefully they will receive counseling on how to deal with those images and what they have been through.A 10 month old would have to be cared for and would also call attention to them with it's crying and fussing. This man is short the whole load of bricks, didn't want to have to care for the baby, but didn't want anyone else to have her either. I'm not seeing a good end to this, but we can hope that the girls somehow can get away at a gas station, which is the one thing he will HAVE to stop at sooner or later. You know, with a car ID'd Amber Alert, there ought to be some way to alert ALL gas stations.

OrdinaryLife
01-08-2004, 09:32 PM
I just wanted to share that they have found the little girls, father may have shot himself after a chase/crash.

CNN is carrying updates to this story. God bless their Mom for the loss of her family but receiving the gift of her daughters back to her.

bluehawaii25
01-08-2004, 09:47 PM
I just heard this on the TV also. So glad to hear the children are safe and that he didn't harm them. Last I heard Jones is alive but in serious condition from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

kylie
01-08-2004, 09:56 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/01/08/children.missing/index.html


The three girls were found safe today. The suspect Jerry Jones, shot himself and is in serious condition.

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 09:59 PM
Where were they found?

turbosleuthing
01-08-2004, 10:03 PM
Great Link with lots of info,

also shows a picture of the guy.

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=41349

LadyLuck
01-08-2004, 10:07 PM
Thank God, that the girls are safe.

ThoughtFox
01-09-2004, 12:20 AM
I've been watching this story unfold all day on CNN, and they kept saying that the Neanderthal who stole these children would go south! But whenever I've been out driving today, I kept looking around because I live near I-75, and I figured he would hear the reports and head north. And he did!

The place they stopped this monster is just 10 miles from where I live, and 5 miles from where I grew up! The children have been taken to the same hospital where my children were born! Thank God they're alive! The moron scumbag shot himself.

I just saw the pictures of the children on the news. Beautiful kids - this is a tragedy! But I truly believe these Amber alerts save lives, and this is proof. In the old days, the police wouldn't have put out the suspect's license plate number so soon. The woman who saw him on the Interstate was someone just like us with her eyes open!

Here's a local link:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_45275.asp


He said a citizen spotted the Explorer on I-75 in Whitfield County and contacted the sheriff's office. Officers confirmed it was the Jones vehicle and began following it as the car traveled at about 70 miles per hour into Catoosa County and then across the Tennessee line, refusing to stop.

Among those taking part in the chase were officers from Gordon, Whitfield and Catoosa counties. The Georgia Patrol ultimately took the lead in the pursuit.

Director Keenan said when Jones got on Ringgold Road that he slowed down so that the lead patrol car was able to pull up beside him. He said the patrol officer, Jason Davis, then carried out the spin maneuver. Trooper Davis is the son of Gordon County Sheriff Jerry Davis, who was also on the scene.

Director Keenan said when officers jumped out they saw that Jones had shot himself and was lying back in the driver's seat. The 10-year-old girl quickly exited the car.

Officers could see the other two girls in the back, including one who was covered with blood from the Jones wound.

Director Keenan said it appeared that the 10-year-old girl had scrapes and bruises, but that all three girls were alright.

He said the FBI was assisting in getting the mother of two of the girls returned here from where she was visiting in Oregon and where there has been severe weather.

Director Keenan also called the rescue "another success story" for Amber Alert - the nationwide notification system involving missing children.

A host of police and rescue vehicles were on the scene on Ringgold Road, and the Jones vehicle remained pinned against the pole. A wide area around the wreck was roped off across from the El Acapulco restaurant.

ThoughtFox
01-09-2004, 12:24 AM
I just posted this on the Missing thread, then realized it probably belonged here. This case really hit close to home for me.

I've been watching this story unfold all day on CNN, and they kept saying that the Neanderthal who stole these children would go south! But whenever I've been out driving today, I kept looking around because I live near I-75, and I figured he would hear the reports and head north. And he did!

The place they stopped this monster is just 10 miles from where I live, and 5 miles from where I grew up! The children have been taken to the same hospital where my children were born! Thank God they're alive! The moron scumbag shot himself.

I just saw the pictures of the children on the news. Beautiful kids - this is a tragedy! But I truly believe these Amber alerts save lives, and this is proof. In the old days, the police wouldn't have put out the suspect's license plate number so soon. The woman who saw him on the Interstate was someone just like us with her eyes open!

Here's a local link:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_45275.asp


He said a citizen spotted the Explorer on I-75 in Whitfield County and contacted the sheriff's office. Officers confirmed it was the Jones vehicle and began following it as the car traveled at about 70 miles per hour into Catoosa County and then across the Tennessee line, refusing to stop.

Among those taking part in the chase were officers from Gordon, Whitfield and Catoosa counties. The Georgia Patrol ultimately took the lead in the pursuit.

Director Keenan said when Jones got on Ringgold Road that he slowed down so that the lead patrol car was able to pull up beside him. He said the patrol officer, Jason Davis, then carried out the spin maneuver. Trooper Davis is the son of Gordon County Sheriff Jerry Davis, who was also on the scene.

Director Keenan said when officers jumped out they saw that Jones had shot himself and was lying back in the driver's seat. The 10-year-old girl quickly exited the car.

Officers could see the other two girls in the back, including one who was covered with blood from the Jones wound.

Director Keenan said it appeared that the 10-year-old girl had scrapes and bruises, but that all three girls were alright.

He said the FBI was assisting in getting the mother of two of the girls returned here from where she was visiting in Oregon and where there has been severe weather.

Director Keenan also called the rescue "another success story" for Amber Alert - the nationwide notification system involving missing children.

A host of police and rescue vehicles were on the scene on Ringgold Road, and the Jones vehicle remained pinned against the pole. A wide area around the wreck was roped off across from the El Acapulco restaurant.

MsBee
01-09-2004, 12:35 AM
Thank you for posting this, TF. I am so glad the girls are safe. Our prayers are answered. My brother used to live in Chattanooga and our neighbors are from SoddyDaisy. I felt like I knew the area even tho I only visited once. The Amber alert is so wonderful.

Newswolf
01-09-2004, 12:39 AM
OMG Thoughtfox. SO close to you, that's chilling.

I just heard an hour ago that he was caught and the girls are okay. Thank Heavens. Tragic.

scandi
01-09-2004, 12:48 AM
Hi ThoughtFox,

Isn't it a small world sometimes? Simply amazing. I appreciated the link as I've read nothing on the story, but would like to learn more about this guy and what he did.

His picture looks like he's a bit 'off', kinda scary for a guy that could probably make himself look pretty regular. Do they know why he killed the people, including his own little baby, I hear? Who were 3 girls? I can go look it up on the net, but came here hoping there would be something.

Thanks again,

Scandi

ThoughtFox
01-09-2004, 02:26 AM
Scandi: It was a custody battle of some kind. The mother had left the children on this farm with her parents - they are the ones who were killed, as well as two other grown-ups and the suspect's own 10-month-old baby, who was strangled.
The mom was in Oregon with her boyfriend. The killer was the ex-husband of the woman in Oregon. He's a real piece of work. He has a rap sheet for petty crimes, but they were talking on the news about things he did "under the radar." For instance, he got into an argument with a neighbor and then shot his prize-winning horse. This was not reported to the police, probably out of fear!

Murphy
01-09-2004, 02:35 AM
This case really hit close to home for me.

Me too ThoughtFox! Our prayers were answered today ... eh?





I've been watching this story unfold all day on CNN, and they kept saying that the Neanderthal who stole these children would go south! But whenever I've been out driving today, I kept looking around because I live near I-75, and I figured he would hear the reports and head north. And he did!

Clint van Zant, a retired top FBI profiler, predicted he would do a 180 and go North! I called my son in the area to make sure he knew the vehicle. I reminded him of the 730 YFV license plates. 7:30 + Young Fragile Victims. I wonder, why a 90 or 270 degree turn is ruled out as a possibility? Just musing...




The place they stopped this monster is just 10 miles from where I live, and 5 miles from where I grew up! The children have been taken to the same hospital where my children were born! Thank God they're alive! The moron scumbag shot himself.


Yes Jones shot himself but the last I heard a few minutes ago is that he's expected to survive. He's in Erlanger and they say his prognosis is good.





I just saw the pictures of the children on the news. Beautiful kids - this is a tragedy! But I truly believe these Amber alerts save lives, and this is proof. In the old days, the police wouldn't have put out the suspect's license plate number so soon. The woman who saw him on the Interstate was someone just like us with her eyes open!


Georgia went to the 'Levi Alert' (http://www.state.ga.us/gbi/levi.html) and I hope that it will be expanded above the age of 17 in the future. I also hope to see less bureaucracy in the future, rather than more as it's looking now. As Mark Class said in an interview tonight, (not an exact quote but the point being,) 'Law Enforcement Gets It' the bureaucracy doesn't. Let's be vigilant and hope bureaucracy doesn't rule? I hear Georgia Law Enforcement worked through the night, getting people out of bed to confirm the information on the children and vehicle to meet the necessary criterion. I understand the necessity to get the information correct, but, can't the process be streamlined in this age of technology?



I'm thrilled the Alert System resulted in a CITIZEN spotting the vehicle, phoned it in, followed the SUV, and blinked their lights to confirm to LE they had the right target ahead!



One report credits Georgia with 8 out of 8 Successes on the Alert System. Another report has us 9 out of 9 ... Latest report I heard has us 10 out of 10! Don't know which one to believe, but I see the Alert System which prompts anyone to BOLO {be on the look out} is by any measure, a success!



Finally, I’m not sure which side of the border you’re on, GA or TN, but congrats to Sheriff Davis of Gorgon County GA and to his Son working in TN who made the pit maneuver on Jones’ vehicle so successfully and possibly saved the lives of those three little girls!

CW
01-09-2004, 03:24 AM
I'm so so thankful that our prayers have been answered that the 3 precious little girls are safe, another sicko I hope and pray is off the streets now and will get the death penality.

angelmom
01-09-2004, 06:42 AM
Praise that these little girls are (physically) unharmed!!!

I agree that it is scary how close they were.

I'll bet old Jer is wishing right now that EMS hadn't been so quick on the scene. What a monster.

jubie
01-09-2004, 01:11 PM
I'm not proud of myself but I'll admit I'd have a hard time being asked to help this SOB once at the hospital. Stick him in a hole and see if he makes it, and if he does hand him. Waste of money if you ask me.

That poor little girl with the blood on her, that part brought tears to my eyes. Thank God the Amber system was in place, I truly believe it was pivotal in their rescue. I sure hope they get the proper therapy, they're going to need it. I am so happy they are alive.

Thoughtfox,

That is an awful feeling, I know. You must be very relieved that they were found.


Jubie

scandi
01-09-2004, 02:50 PM
Thanks ThoughtFox,

God bless those three little girlies and help their minds to be healed from all the horror they experienced. They need a lot of love now and understanding. In addition to losing their Gtrandma, Grandpa, baby sister and Aunt I think in one fell swoop, two of these girls lost their daddy too! So sad.

I heard this morning he had a violent temper and had threatened to kill his family members before. The authorities probabily had to wait until he did something overt to cite him, and then it was too late. You would think a threat to kill would be enough to have someone arrested on some charge, wouldn't you?


Scandi

ThoughtFox
01-09-2004, 03:58 PM
I wonder, why a 90 or 270 degree turn is ruled out as a possibility? Just musing...

Murphy: That is actually a good question! He could have gone west into Alabama, and they had an alert out all day for that area, so that was always a possibility. But it's pretty rural in that direction, and he might stand out with three little girls if he stopped anywhere. My logic was that to go east, he would hit the mountains, and there's nothing over there - people would be looking for him and he would be spotted right away. Atlanta to the south would be swarming with cops and the traffic is always at a standstill - not a good place for a quick getaway. But coming north into Chattanooga there are alot more hotels, restaurants, and touristy places where a man alone with three children wouldn't look out of place. Also, if he lived in North Georgia, he would probably be familiar with this area. If he made it through Chattanooga, he could drive all the way to Detroit on I-75.

By the way, I'm in Tennessee, but I grew up one mile from the Georgia line. I've lived here all my life. Guys like this animal make my blood boil because they give Southerners a bad name!


I'm not proud of myself but I'll admit I'd have a hard time being asked to help this SOB once at the hospital. Stick him in a hole and see if he makes it, and if he does hand him. Waste of money if you ask me.

Jubie: I thought the same thing. Think of what he has put those precious babies through! And killed their grandparents, who loved them, and killed their little sister.

I was watching the local news of the paramedics putting him in the ambulance and I kept thinking - drop him! Or at least, bang the stretcher into things a little and hurt him. I'd make a terrible paramedic. :silenced:

Jade
01-12-2004, 02:16 PM
Thought Fox, I live off the next northbound exit and first thing I said to my husband was he will go straight up 75! Kind of weird with major freeway intersection [75/ 24].
Have been wondering what he was doing all day if he killed family at 8ish and was caught right up the road.

Doyle
01-13-2004, 05:37 AM
By the time Melissa Peeler got the phone call, her infant daughter had been strangled and her parents and sister fatally shot. The man she had left Georgia to escape was on the phone, saying he had her three other girls and would "start killing the kids one by one" if she called police, relatives say.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2004/jan/11/011105620.html

The oldest of three girls allegedly abducted by a man accused of murdering four relatives said she did not know anyone had been killed until she was rescued by police the next day.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/01/12/national1910EST0735.DTL

Doyle
01-14-2004, 06:04 AM
A family grieves
Girl recalls police chase; slaying victims mourned
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0104/13funeral.html

http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=730&NewsID=518445&CategoryID=3511&show=localnews&om=1

WasBlind
02-11-2004, 10:19 PM
So we do not forget

WasBlind
03-11-2004, 04:31 AM
Praying for justice, Lanie
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amandab
09-17-2004, 11:18 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040917_53.html