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01/08/04

Three Children Abducted from Gordon County

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An Amber Alert has been issued for three children from Georgia, and officials say they are in extreme danger. Police say the man who took them is also responsible for killing four people, including his own ten-month-old daughter. Signs all over the state are flashing information of the abduction.

It happened in Ranger, Georgia, about 60 miles north of Atlanta. The missing children are two, three, and ten years old. Police are looking for 31-year-old Jerry William Jones. They say he killed his ex-wife's parents and her sister and even his own infant daughter, and then took off with his other two daughters and stepdaughter.

Authorities believe Jones gunned down family members in a methodical murder spree. "We've got two different scenes, two different houses, two bodies in each, one a ten-month-old child is dead," said John Bankhead of the GBI.

The three children are feared kidnapped by Jones. Authorities have issued a nationwide amber alert to find them.

Jones is a familiar face to local officials. Gordon County sheriff Jerry Davis said, "I've had him in jail for traffic violations,  now i need him back in jail for murder."

While authorities race to find the suspect and a motive, relatives of the victims believe a tangled web of broken relationships triggered the killings. "My understanding [is] that he just went on a warpath and decided to take everybody's life," said Tonya Worthington, whose grandfather was slain.

Authorities fear three more lives are still at risk as the hunt for Jones and his children goes on. Jones' ex-wife, Melissa Peeler, was in Oregon visiting her boyfriend when all of this happened. That's why the children were with her parents. She says Jones called her late yesterday and told her that if she went to the police he would start killing the kids one by one.

Jones is believed to be traveling in a 1991 Ford Explorer that is either red or maroon. It has a Georgia license plate of 730-YFV.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com

 

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