Timothy Ray Jones Jr. reportedly led Alabama police to the bodies of his five children, admitting to officers that he killed the young children.
The children’s father had been arrested on Saturday in Raleigh, Mississippi, after officers apprehended him at a driver’s license checkpoint. Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said Jones appeared to be under the influence, with a strong chemical odor emanating from his Cadillac Escalade.
After running a check on his license, police found a missing person’s report for Jones’ children. The children’s mother had reported them missing on September 3, and she noted that she was unable to contact her ex husband.
Neighbors said they believed that Jones was moving with his children, as he had primary custody of them.
Jones was arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
Police later found chemicals believed to be used to make meth. A further search of the car turned up what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood, and possible body fluids.
Crumpton said Timothy Ray Jones Jr. confessed to killing his five children, leading police to their bodies in an area 10 miles east of Camden, Alabama. Police said the bodies had been dumped in five separate garbage bags.
Police believe that Timothy Ray Jones Jr. killed his children sometime before they were reported missing on September 3.
Authorities say Jones killed the five children at the same time.
“In all my years in law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this,” said Lewis McCarty, sheriff of Lexington County, South Carolina.
Police also noted that the children’s mother was distraught.
“I don’t think that there’s a person in this room that can speak to the mother of these children and not become emotional,” McCarty said. “She’s a very nice person, a very sweet lady. She is in shock and is extremely distraught.”
Timothy Ray Jones Jr. is now being extradited to Mississippi, while the remains of the five children he allegedly killed are being driven back from Alabama.