A San Diego County District Attorney announced that there has been an arrest in case of missing Jahi Turner after he went missing 14 years ago next week. US Marshals Task Force tracked down Tieray Jones to Rockmount in North Carolina on Monday morning. Turner will be arraigned on Tuesday where the DA will seek extradition to San Diego.
Original story: Jahi Turner was only 2-years-old when he went missing from a playground in San Diego.
Jahi was playing at the park in the 2800 block of Beech Street in Golden Hills around 2:30 p.m. on April 25, 2002 when he went missing.
When Jahi’s stepfather, Tieray Jones called the police to report him missing the police began the largest landfill searches in San Diego history at the Miramar Landfill.
Tameka Jones, Jahi’s mother was deployed aboard the USS Rushmore when Jahi went missing. She told the police that Tieray told her that he left Jahi alone when he went to the water fountain and when he came back Jahi was gone.
Officers wearing white or yellow jumpsuits searched every inch of the landfill searching for clue’s to the whereabouts of Jahi.
Early on, the police suspect that Jahi’s stepfather had killed him and thrown his little body in a dumpster as he was seen carrying a bag to the dumpster days before. Plus dogs that were taken to the park to search never alerted that Jahi was ever there.
In May 2013, a private investigator came forward and said that he now believes the police accidentally searched the wrong landfill and that Jahi’s body actually ended up at the Otay Landfill.
Landfill engineers would be able to pinpoint the exact location of where the body may be, including the depth, but there is not plans to search, as it would take millions of dollars to find him, Garcia told Channel 10 news.
Tieray moved to Frederick, Maryland and the Frederick News Post stated that Tieray was charged with second degree murder on an unrelated case and has served time for assault.
There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Jahi’s case.
Jahi would be 12-years-old now.