An Alabama man who spent 15 years in prison for sexual assault and rape has been arrested for the murder of Florida preteen Naomi Jones. Calling the man a "monster," Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced the arrest of Robert Letroy Howard, who has been charged with kidnapping and murder, CBS News reported. The announcement of Howard's arrest comes three days after fishermen discovered Naomi Jones' body in a creek near her home. According to Morgan, Jones died of asphyxiation.
Naomi Jones was first reported missing from her Pensacola, Florida, apartment on May 31. As reported by the Inquisitr, Naomi's mother filed a missing person report after she noticed that the 12-year-old had left the family's apartment without her cell phone. The community rallied around Naomi's mom, Shantara Hurry, and helped to search for the missing child. At one point, federal and state agencies offered a $20,000 reward for information regarding Jones' whereabouts.
Unfortunately, the quest for new goods turned sour this past Monday. WKRG News reported that two men stopped at 8 Mile Creek, which is approximately four miles from Naomi's apartment, to fish. However, they alerted authorities of a body in the creek that matched the description of the missing girl.