Florida mom who was missing 6 weeks found dead in Georgia, 4 kids still missing, officials say

Sheriff’s office: Florida mom, 4 kids haven’t been seen for 6 weeks

Florida mom and 4 kids haven’t been seen for 6 weeks. It isn’t clear why they weren’t reported missing sooner but the 32-year-old and her children, ranging in age from 1 to 10 years old, were last seen 40 miles from where they live.

A Florida mother who was reported missing Saturday after vanishing six weeks ago was found dead in Georgia on Monday — and her husband is being questioned in connection with her death, officials said.

Casei Jones, 32, and her four kids – Cameron Bowers, 10; Preston Bowers, 5; Mercalli Jones, 2; and Aiyana Jones, 1 – were reported missing after their loved ones grew increasingly concerned about their whereabouts. The five were last seen in early August in Ocala, Fla., where the family lives.

Casei Jones and her four children, pictured here, were missing for roughly six weeks before their family reported them missing on Saturday, officials said.
(Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Detectives on Monday were continuing to search for the children, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

It wasn't immediately clear why Jones and her children weren't reported missing sooner.

Jones' body was found near Brantley County, Georgia, officials said late Monday morning. The area is roughly 140 miles north of Marion County.

The mother of four's husband, 38-year-old Michael Waye Jones, Jr., was located in Georgia and "is currently being questioned in connection to Casei's death," the sheriff's office said. An arrest warrant has been issued for second-degree murder.

Jones was believed to be driving a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with Florida license plate number 91SEJ, officials said.
(Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Following the disappearance of the 32-year-old daughter and her children, Jones' mother, Nikki Jones, told WOFL that she's "never ever been so scared."

"They don't know where she's at," Nikki said. "They went to the house and she’s gone. The house is empty."

Investigators said the mother of four might have been driving a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with Florida license plate number 91SEJ, according to the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information on the situation is urged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 352-732-9111.

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