HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED/ DEATH INVESTIGATION

Written by The Bee News

August 17, 2021

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UPDATE 08/17/2021: HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED/ DEATH INVESTIGATION- NORTH OF DOLAN
SPRINGS

On September 28th, 2016, the decomposing body of a young female was located in a ravine in the While Hills area off of N. Highway 93. Due to the decomposition of the body an immediate identification could not be made and a cause of death could not be determined. A composite sketch was completed and shared on social media with no response. Nationwide Missing Person files were compared with the characteristics of
the deceased, however nothing matched at the time.

In February 2020, the investigation was assigned to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU). SIU was developed to focus on the investigation of Cold Cases within the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. The unit pursued identification of the victim and identified a viable technique utilizing the victim’s DNA. This new DNA technique required a different sample than what was initially collected. In October 2020, the remains were exhumed and a sufficient DNA sample was obtained. The DNA extraction was sent to an outside laboratory and a full genome of the victim was developed. This sample was used to identify potential relatives of the victim through her genealogy.

In early July 2021, the victim was positively identified as eighteen-year-old Kimberly Rena Jones, who had been reported missing in 2017 out of San Bernardino, California. Mohave County Detectives were not made aware of the missing person report made in California. We are encouraging anyone with information about Kimberly Jones to contact our Special Investigations Unit at 928-753-0753 ext. 4408 or call our toll free number at 1-800-522-4312. We would like extend our sincerest gratitude to the community that came together to pay for and attend her funeral services in Kingman in January of 2020. This investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 01/3/2019: DEATH INVESTIGATION/ POSSIBLE HOMICIDE- NORTH OF DOLAN SPRINGS

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation of a Death Investigation/Possible Homicide of an unknown female who was located on north Highway 93 between Kingman, Arizona and the Hoover Dam. On September 28th, 2016, deputies responded to the scene and made contact with the reporting party who advised that he and his wife were hiking in the area when they came across a body in a
ravine.

The body was described as an African American or Biracial female, black/dark brown hair, between the ages of 13 to 17, between 5 ft. 5 in. and 5 ft. 7 in., between 105 and 130 lbs, pierced ears, no scars or tattoos were noted, and it is believed that the juvenile had braces at one point in time. Attached are reconstruction images from the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children, these images are reconstructions and may only resemble the true image. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject.

Anyone with information can contact Det. John Goodwin or the Detective Division at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753 ext. 4288.

UPDATE 11/23/2016: DEATH INVESTIGATION- NORTH OF DOLAN SPRINGS

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Death Investigation/Possible Homicide of an unknown female who was located on north Highway 93 between Kingman, Arizona and the Hoover Dam. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject.
See below for details: African/American or Biracial female, black/dark brown hair, between the ages of 13 to 17, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall, between 105 and 130 lbs, pierced ears, no scars or tattoos were noted. Due to exposure and decomposition no photo was obtained. The body was discovered on 09-28-16 and estimation of exposure time was one to two weeks. Dental records were obtained and are being uploaded into the National
database. DNA samples were obtained and are being processed for profile.

Attached are reconstruction images from the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a Reconstructionist from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. These images are reconstructions and may only resemble the true image. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating leads with the assistance of NCMEC and agencies from Nevada and California. At this time, the Mohave County Medical Examiner has been unable to determine cause of death. If you have any information please contact Det. John Goodwin or the Detective Division at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753 ext. 4288.

ORIGINAL 09/29/2021: DEATH INVESTIGATION – NORTH OF DOLAN SPRINGS

Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a female subject located off the roadway of Highway 93 north of Dolan Springs. Early Wednesday (9/28) evening, at about 5:27 p.m., deputies responded to the scene. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party. The RP advised that he and his wife were hiking in the area when they came across a body in a ravine.

The Medical Examiner responded and conveyed the body. The deceased subject is a young African American female approximate height 5’05” between 110 to 120 pounds with dark hair. This investigation continues and autopsy results are pending. Anyone with information on a missing person matching this description is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 768-7055 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

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