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Danny Lee Jones Jr. (Courtesy: Fayetteville Police Department)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police say they’ve charged a man in connection with the recent double murder of a Fayetteville couple.

Danny Lee Jones Jr., 27, of Dandridge Drive, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree kidnapping in connection with the murders of Tommy Loren Webb, 35, and Denika Leshalle Jones, 26.

Police did not say if the suspect is related to Denika Jones in any way.

Tommy Loren Webb (left) and Denika Leshalle Jones. (Photos courtesy: Fayetteville Police Department)

On Friday, police said human remains that were discovered Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area in the outskirts of Fayetteville off Gregory Street had been identified as those of Denika Jones.

Authorities had been searching for Denika Jones since the afternoon of May 15, when police said Webb — the man she had been dating and living with — was found shot to death in the home they shared at 1722 Gardenia Ave.

Before Denika Jones’ body was discovered, police said they believed she was in danger due to “evidence collected at the scene.”

Police have not said how Denika Jones died.

At a news conference last week, Denika Jones’ father said he last spoke with his daughter the weekend of Easter.  He said he had been concerned his daughter living in the area since a 2011 incident in which Webb shot two people, killing one; however authorities ruled the shooting to be in self-defense. 

No details about a possible motive were released as police said the investigation is ongoing.

Police said Jones was already in federal custody for a probation violation when warrants for his arrest were issued.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Fayetteville police at (910) 433-1830 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.