The search for a missing Florida mom and her four children came to a tragic end Monday, when authorities discovered all five bodies.
Casei Jones’ husband, Michael Wayne Jones Jr., 38, has been arrested and is suspected of killing all five in their Florida home weeks before the bodies were discovered in Georgia.
“Detectives believe he stored the bodies at his home and in his van for several weeks before transporting them to Brantley County, Georgia,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement about his arrest.
Michael Jones was taken into custody after he had a traffic accident in Brantley County, Georgia and allegedly warned authorities they might make a gruesome discovery in the vehicle.
"You may want to put me in handcuffs because there was a dead body (inside the vehicle)" he allegedly told deputies, according to WKMG.
The sheriff’s office confirmed the body of his 32-year-old wife Casei Jones was found inside. He later led detectives to the remains of the four missing children—Cameron Bowers, 10, Preston Bowers, 5, Mercalli Jones, 2, and Aiyana Jones, 1.
“As a father, as a parent, it breaks my heart. As a sheriff, it angers me,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said in a press conference Monday afternoon.
Woods described the deaths as an act of “true evil.”
"All we need to know is that’s evil, and evil did something, and evil needs to pay for what he did,” he said, according to BuzzFeed News.
Casei Jones and the children were reported missing Saturday night after her family became concerned after not seeing them for six weeks.
Detectives determined her husband, Michael Jones, was a “person of interest” in the disappearance, according to the sheriff’s office. But it wasn’t until Michael Jones was involved in a traffic accident that authorities were able to locate him and find the missing bodies.
Jones allegedly told authorities with the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office that he'd concealed the bodies of the children in the woods shortly before the crash, WJAX-TV reports.
Michael Jones has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death. Additional charges may be possible.
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