Police are still trying figure out what happened to Timothy Ray Jones
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:19:28 GMT —
Updated: Thursday, December 29 at 10:15am:
Columbia Police are still investigating what caused the death of 43-year old Timothy Jones.
Police officers have been putting up fliers of Jones everywhere, and asking for anyone with information to contact them.
They now are offering a $1500 reward to anyone who gives detectives information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime.
If you know anything about this homicide please call Detective Bryan Liebhart at (573) 874-7610 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stopers at (573) 875-TIPS.
Updated: Friday, December 23 at 5:45pm:
Investigators are asking for the public's help as they try to piece together the final 24 hours they know Timothy Ray Jones was alive.
Since Jones was frequently in downtown Columbia, detectives checked cameras in the area to try to pinpoint what happened to him.
Cameras captured footage of Jones walking downtown on Monday night at 9 p.m. near Jimmy John's restaurant.
The footage investigators found of Jones shows him leaving the Jimmy John's area at 9:35 p.m. and he continued to walk westbound on Broadway.
The Columbia Police Department encourages anyone with information to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS to remain anonymous if they had contact with Jones that night or have information about the homicide.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect in this investigation.
Updated: Wednesday, December 21 at 5:35pm:
Columbia police are still trying to put the pieces together on what happened to a man found dead on the MKT trail.
They're waiting on an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death of 43-year-old Timothy Ray Jones.
A jogger found Jones on the MKT Trail Tuesday morning.
It didn't take long for officials to rule his death a homicide.
"They ruled it based upon the wounds that were found on Mr. Jones, as well as the location where he was found, Columbia Police Spokesperson Latisha Stroer said.
Stroer told me Jones has lived in Columbia since 2003, but he didn't have a permanent home.
"He was kind of going from different residences in Columbia. We're not quite sure why he was on the trail, Stroer said.
Most of the residents I spoke with on White Oak Lane described their neighborhood to be quiet and crime free. But after what happened Tuesday morning some are starting to worry, and think different.
"I would say I TMm a little more concerned because I do use that trail with two young kids when the weather is nice outside. My husband also goes running on that trail too, Columbia Resident said. And I have thought what if that was him finding that body, that would be really scary."
Most residents told me that the neighborhood hasn't had anything like this happen in at least the last few years.
"We did a crime report before we moved into this neighborhood. We've lived here about 4 to 5 years and as far as I know this was the 1st incident in this neighborhood, Columbia Resident said.
Police still are trying to find leads and other information in this case.
"Right now detectives are trying to locate who had contact with him leading up to the time his body was found Tuesday morning, Stroer said.
Police asks if you have any information on Timothy Ray Jones to please call crime stoppers at 875-tips.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9:50pm:
Columbia Police identify the victim as 43 year old Timothy Ray Jones.
While an autopsy is not yet complete to determine the exact cause of death, detectives believe Jones was a victim of foul play. They are classifying his death as a homicide.
Jones was found with cuts to his upper body. Police do not know how long his body was at the trail entrance. The recent rain may have kept joggers away until this morning.
Police are asking anyone with information about Jones' whereabouts in the last 24 hours to contact them. Anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area of White Oak Lane should also make a report.
Update: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6:06 p.m.:
Columbia police are hoping the public will step up and help officers identify a man found dead Tuesday morning.
The only identifying feature police have given is that the man is black. Officer Jill Schlude is encouraging anyone who knows of a missing person who matches the description to call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.
Officials are trying to get an autopsy done as soon as possible and are hoping to have the results Wednesday.
Police still are calling the man TMs death suspicious.
A man was found dead near the MKT trail in Columbia, now Columbia Police are calling his death suspicious.
The man's name has not been released. Police say he is a black man, but have not revealed and estimated age or what the man was wearing.
A jogger found the man on the trail at the end of White Oak Lane and called police about 9:35am Tuesday. White Oak Lane is near the trail connector that enters the hiking and biking path near the Stadium Boulevard trailhead.
Investigators are still attempting to identify the man. and they are asking for the public's help. Call the Columbia Police Investigations Unit at 874-7423, or after hours 874-7652. To make an anonymous report call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.