Investigators believe that a car belonging to a missing mother, along with the dead body found inside it, have both been in a wooded location for months. They also announced that there is no indication of foul play.
Natalie Jones, 27, disappeared on Fourth of July weekend after attending a party with friends in Jackson's Gap, Alabama. She was last seen getting into her hot pink 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier to drive back home to Georgia. That car was found in a wooded area off an intersection in Heard County, Georgia on Tuesday with a body inside, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated on Tuesday.
The body is awaiting an autopsy and identification.
Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry told local outlet Newnan Times-Herald that both the car and the body appeared to have been in the location for months, possibly since early July.
“The car has been there, probably from the day she went missing," he said.
While the remains have not yet been identified, Jones’ family told 11 ALIVE that the body belongs to their missing loved one. Her mother, Elaine Jordan, also alluded to possible foul play in a Valley Times-News report.
Henry told the Times-Herald that "we don't see anything, as of yet, to suspect foul play."
However, the area is being treated as a crime scene and Henry hopes that the autopsy will provide more insight into what happened. He also told the outlet that there is no evidence of a car crash.
“The car was clearly driven to that location,” he said.
The car was spotted by a resident doing bush hogging work, the Heard Citizen reports. There is dense foliage around the car, and Henry said it was not possible to see the car from the road.
A cell phone was found inside the car but it is not yet clear if it belongs to Jones, local outlet WRBL reports. Jones had texted a friend the night of her disappearance claiming that she “made it” but Jones never appeared at home.
Jones has two sons, WSB-TV2 reports.
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