LEXINGTON, S.C. — A South Carolina man accused of killing his five children is expected to be charged with murder after their bodies were found wrapped in individual garbage bags in Alabama, according to WSOC.
Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, led investigators to the site where the bodies of the children were found, off a two-lane highway, said Alabama Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett on Tuesday.
Jones has already been charged with child neglect and is now awaiting extradition to South Carolina from Mississippi, where he is expected to be charged with murder. Police have not released details on how the children died.
The children ranged from one to eight years old and were reported missing by their mother on Sept. 3, authorities said. Police say Jones had joint custody of his children with his ex-wife.
“This is a very tragic situation,” Jackson said. “These kids’ lives were snuffed out before they had a chance to enjoy life. Justice will be served.”
Jones was detained in Smith County on Saturday after being stopped at a vehicle checkpoint near Raleigh, Mississippi, and charged with drunken driving, according to a news release.
Crumpton said Jones became agitated when a deputy questioned him about an odor of chemicals coming from the Cadillac Escalade he was driving. The deputy found what were believed to be chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a substance believed to be the street drug Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana, Crumpton said.
A sheriff’s office investigator was called and found what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids, he said.
During a background check, police discovered that Jones was wanted in South Carolina “regarding a welfare concern of his children,” who were on a national missing persons list, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
Investigators from several departments and the FBI started looking for the missing children on Monday, Crumpton said. He said the children’s decomposed bodies were found in individual plastic garbage bags.
Back in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, neighbors said the children were often dressed in dirty clothes and seen at home during the day because Jones “didn’t believe in public schools.”