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A body found inside a car belonging to a Georgia mother who vanished on Fourth of July weekend may be the missing woman.
Natalie Jones, 27, disappeared a little after midnight after attending a July 4th party in Jackson's Gap, Alabama. She was last seen getting into her hot pink 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier to drive back home to Georgia, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release. The car was located at an intersection on Tuesday in Heard County, Georgia by a resident doing bush hogging work, the Heard Citizen reports. A body was located inside the vehicle and and autopsy is pending, the GBI stated on Tuesday.
Jones’ family told 11 ALIVE that the body belongs to their missing loved one.
The location of the body is about 60 miles away from the party Jones attended. It's not clear how the person died.
Jones had texted a friend the night of her disappearance claiming that she “made it” but Jones never appeared at home. Her sister Jessica Bishop told local station WXIA-TV back in July that it was “literally like she was just picked up out of nowhere and vanished.”
No official suspects have been named in Jones' disappearance. Her former boyfriend, Jonathan Lawrence, has been named as a person of interest, FOX 11 reported last month. He was wearing an ankle monitor after being released on a drug charge at the time Jones went missing. Lawrence has been accused of hiring a hitman to kill a local deputy from behind bars, the Associated Press reported last month. He has been charged with felony criminal attempted murder and threatening a witness in connection with that case.
Lawrence has never been charged in connection with Jones’ disappearance. They broke up about six months before she vanished.
While it’s not yet clear if investigators suspect foul play in Jones' case, her mother Elaine Gordan made it clear to media on Tuesday that she suspects it, the Valley Times-News reports.
"God, please get the people so they can serve their justice,” she told reporters. “My baby can't walk on this earth again. I'd appreciate it if they couldn't walk on it either.”
She said her daughter is beautiful and has a "smile that could light up the world.” Jones has two sons, WSB-TV2 reports.
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