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Fayetteville woman's remains found in wooded area, father says

Posted May 23, 2012
Updated May 24, 2012

— The father of a Fayetteville woman who has been missing for more than a week said human remains found in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon belong to his daughter.

Denika Lashalle Jones, 26, has been missing since May 15, when police found her boyfriend dead inside the home that they shared on Gardenia Avenue.

Tommy Loren Webb, 35, had been shot several times, police said, and Jones' cellphone and personal belongings were left inside the home.

The following day, someone set fire to a couch inside the house, but police said it's unclear if the fire was related to Webb's death and Jones' disappearance.

Jose Reyes was walking through the woods off Gregory Street when he found the remains. He told police the body was badly decomposed.

Police have not positively identified the remains, but said they believe they belong to Jones since their location is a few blocks from Gardenia Avenue.

"(I was) scared. I've never seen people in the bushes dead," Reyes said.

Family friend Linwood Greene said Jones was a "good young girl."

"It hurts me because she went to school with my daughter. I have a young daughter. It could have hit at my home instead of this other young man's home," Greene said.

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Jones' father, Frederick Smith, said her death is a huge blow to the family.

Earlier Wednesday, Jones' family pleaded for the public to come forward with any information that could help with the police investigation.

"Don't be scared, because the same scaredness that you're feeling, that's exactly what we're feeling right now," said Jones' aunt, Tyshica Smith. "The nervousness that you're feeling, that hurt, harm or danger may come to you, that hurt, harm or danger may already be happening to our loved one."

Residents of Gardenia Avenue declined to speak with WRAL News, saying they were too afraid.

Investigators said they have interviewed several persons of interest in the case, but no charges have been filed.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-433-1421 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter May 24, 2012

    I sure hope that the Fayetteville police will keep looking and find the murderer... Unlike the Durham police in the case of 21 yr old Luciano Alejandro Cabrera, whos decomposed body was found in the trunk of his own car, and a perfectly clear picture was taken of an un-known male using Luciano's bank card at the ATM. The news posted that picture once, it was surely someone who was involed and had answers. Yet the story was left untold while the family of Luciano continues to yern for answers and justice. I sure hope that the Jones family gets the answers that they need, and that someone will stay on top of this case until it is solved.

  • 007KnightRider May 24, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • n ter tained May 24, 2012

    It says they declined to comment to WRAL, right? I don't blame them, either...but I don't recall reading where they didn't speak to the police.

  • Whatever Geez May 24, 2012

    trailer park too scared to talk? Are you serious? Someone is dead. Write a letter to the police department or something.

  • not my real name May 24, 2012

    Now find who did this before it happens again. My prayers for her family.

  • malonem1 May 24, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family of this girl. What a heartbreaking story and such a young age to loose her life.

  • writetanisha May 24, 2012

    God bless the family in there time of need!People please stop killing!!!

  • loveapex May 24, 2012

    We all know they anonymous tip lines and you can report via the internet anonymously. All of the libraries have computers available for public use. I don't live there and have never been afraid to that extent, but I can't imagine not telling someone what I knew.

  • sunshine1040 May 24, 2012

    Ladies women girls why are you choosing to move in live in or hang out with guys that shoot other people you watche enough tv to know that there is always someone wanting to get even even if it means hurting the pretty girls. Was that way with Roy and Dale and that way on SVU nothing has changed

  • kellypratz May 24, 2012

    Fayetteville has gotten scarier and scarier. I lived their in the early 90's and never felt safe. Would never live there again.