Man'south arrest could crack case of stepson'south disappearance

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:45 AM

Tieray D. Jones was arrested Monday by U. S. Marshals and Raleigh Police Dept officers in Rocky Mount, N Carolina, a tiny town about fifty miles E of Raleigh.

Man'south arrest could crack case of stepson'south disappearance

The stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego fourteen years ago has been arrested in NC and faces a murder charge, officials say.

Tieray D. Jones was arrested Monday by U. S. Marshals and Raleigh Police Dept officers in Rocky Mount, N Carolina, a tiny town about fifty miles E of Raleigh. CA executive map to request the 37-year-old man be extradited to the state to face charges of murder and felony baby abuse causing death, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

"I wasn't sure this day was ever going to come," said Dumanis, who described it as one of the "highest-profile unsolved cases in San Diego County."

"This case has weighed heavily on all of us and our hearts go out to the family," Dumanis said.

Jones wasn't able to be reached for comment. It was unclear Monday if he's an attorney.

The disappearance of Jahi Turner on April twenty-five, two thousand two, shook the city, coming only months after the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home.

Police searched for the boy for weeks, combing parks and a landfill. His body has never been found.

Authorities at the time questioned Jones, who was caring for the boy while his 18-year-old wife, a sailor, served aboard a San Diego-based Navy ship. The boy had been in San Diego for only five days before his disappearance. Before that, he'd been living with his grandmother in Frederick, Maryland.

Jones told police the boy went lost from a playground after he left the toddler for fifteen minutes to purchase a soda. Executive discounted Jones' legend because of inconsistencies, but they said in two thousand-second that they lacked proof to charge him.

New proof led to the arrest, but San Diego executive Monday declined to give specifics on what that was or where it was found.

Homicide detectives and prosecutors began to piece together new proof and extra leads two years ago, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

The San Diego detective who broke the case had remained in contact with the family, officials said.

Zimmerman recalled when the call came in about the lost boy. Dozens of police and sheriff'south deputies searched the neighborhood and a nearby canyon for the toddler, aided by a helicopter and police dogs. Police said they hope the new development will assistance lead to the discovery of the boy's body.

The couple moved back to MD in two thousand-third, and in two thousand-sixth Jones pleaded guilty to an unrelated assault charge for a barrage of gunfire in Frederick in two thousand-fourth that missed the targeted man. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In an earlier case, Jones had been scheduled to stand trial for second-degree murder stemming from the lethal shooting of a 27-year-old man in Frederick on Aug. thirty, two thousand. Instead, the state dropped the charges, citing the disappearance or changed statements of nearly a dozen prosecution witnesses.

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