Body found in Fayetteville could be Denika Jones


Wednesday afternoon, a person was walking through a wooded area when they came across human remains. The area is just outside of the city limits.

Cumberland County Deputies contacted the Fayetteville Police Department due to the body's proximity to the city limits. Positive identification still needs to be made, but detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department believe the human remains may be related to the missing person investigation of 26-year-old Denika Jones.

Jones has been missing since May 15, when the body of her boyfriend was found inside the home they shared.

On Wednesday, Jones' family held a press conference inside police headquarters to ask the public for help in finding the missing woman.

"Just think of a situation as if it was your family member. You would want them back," Jones' aunt Tyshica Smith said. "You'd want to find out information about them. Don't be scared to come with evidence or any information that you may have to led her back to her family."

Jones' boyfriend, 36-year-old Tommy Webb, was found shot to death inside the couple's trailer in the 1700 block of Gardenia Avenue.

Police said Jones' cell phone and pocketbook were also found inside the home.

Jones' father said he last spoke to his daughter Easter weekend. He said he was concerned about an incident last year were Webb shot two people, killing one. However, investigators said that shooting was in self-defense.

"Me and my daughter, we did talk about that incident, and that was one of the reasons why I was afraid for her and wanted her to move out of the area," her father Frederick Smith said.

"There's no way she would have left on her own accord. So, we don't believe that as a family," Tyshica Smith said. "We believe that if she left ... it was not of her own freewill."

Relatives have searched a wooded area near the murder scene for Jones, but, so far, they have come up empty. Police have said they believe Jones may be in danger.

She was described as standing 5'4" tall and weighing 155 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone having information regarding Jones' whereabouts is urged to call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1421 or 1856 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS.

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