Missing girl's body found in creek; homicide suspected

Missing girl's body found in creek; homicide suspected”

Sheriff David Morgan in a press conference Monday evening confirm the body is that of missing 12-year-old Naomi Jones who vanished from her home Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Morgan believes Jones was moved away from the East Johnson Avenue after she disappeared.

On Tuesday investigators searched Eight Mile Creek for evidence.

Family members are not now considered persons of interest in the case, he said, but there are persons of interest outside the family.

The sheriff did not go into detail on whether any persons of interest were in custody or whether the police thought the girl was murdered.

Naomi Jones' body was found Monday afternoon in a water stream near Ashland Avenue and Detroit Street in Pensacola, CBS affiliate WKRG reports. "So, the time line is being further (defined) as to when Naomi left her home and then again tracking where she may or may not have been at that time". "I will leave the why to the psychologists and the scriptwriters".

When asked if a family member is on the person of interest list, Morgan said it's "possible".

Law enforcement officials followed up on more than 200 tips and scoured a three-mile radius in the search for Naomi that went around the clock, conducting more than 300 interviews and executing 30 search warrants, according to ECSO Chief Deputy Chip Simmons.

The FBI had numerous agents assigned to the case.

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