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COLUMBUS COUNTY — We have more information about how a 14-year-old boy, reported missing more than two weeks ago, was killed.

Rashed Delamez Jones was found late Thursday in some Columbus County woods. The medical examiner says Jones died of multiple gun shot wounds.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday the body of Jones was found in a remote intersection in Hillsboro. A hunter made the discovery while in the woods off of Barney Taylor Road. Investigators say the body was badly decomposed and covered with pieces of wood, as if someone was trying to hide it.

Jones's bike was found in a ditch on Thanksgiving Day, less than half a mile away from his grandmother's house. Detectives are still working on a motive, but there's been talk on the street that Jones knew something about or possibly witnessed a September murder in Lake Waccamaw.

"We have no direct connection between this and the Lake Waccamaw shooting that we are aware of at this time," Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said. "There have been rumors out there, but we try to dispel rumors and try to work with the facts as investigators have to do to bring criminal charges against anybody."

Lake Waccamaw Police arrested Connail Reeves in connection with the drive-by killing of Darnell Frink in late September. Frink was killed when four people wearing masks drove up in a silver Ford Taurus and opened fire. Investigators say forensic evidence found at the scene lead to Reeves's arrest. Police are still searching for more suspects.

What links Delamez Jones, the boy found dead Thursday, to this crime is the fact that his cousin, 19-year-old Santonio Jenerette, was with Reeves at the time of his arrest.

With little confirmed, there are still many questions about how the missing boy turned up dead. 

"Every missing person case is a lesson for the people who work it," Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons said. "Whether it be how to find someone or how to treat the next case. Just because they fall in a certain age range or might have a personal background that is familiar to that age range of a troubled kid. It doesn't always mean the children run away."

Sheriff Batten says the investigation in to Jones's death is separate from the Lake Waccamaw shooting. Investigators are hoping to know more when Jones's autopsy is finished.

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kaweekee
2015 years 9 months ago

There is no excuse for a child to be killed for any reason. Reading this article breaks my heart. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. I am in McDowell County, my sister is missing. A 14 year old boy was shot this week in Asheville, the police are looking for the killer and a motive. In the spirit of Christmas, Jesus loves us all, we don’t understand why these horrible things happen. My peace come to all families and friends of these boys. God Bless All!!!!

Franchesca
2015 years 9 months ago

i miss and love you and will cherish you foreva!!!!!!!!!

Mad
2015 years 9 months ago

I think that the young men in Lake Waccamaw, Hallsboro, Chadbourn and surrounding areas should sit back and try to learn from others experiences and mistakes. They need to find other things to do besides sit around and comtemplate crimes and cause so much pain for people’s families. Life is much bigger than what they make it. In the end they ALL have to answer to the same God and stop playing God.

FRIEND
2015 years 9 months ago

WHITEVILLE IS THE MOST RACIST TOWN I’VE EVER LIVED IN. DO PEOPLE REALIZE THAT IT TOOK 6DAYS BEFORE IT WAS PUT ON THE NEWS!! BUT LET THAT HAD BEEN A WHITE PERSON THAT WAS DRUNK AND TOO DOPED UP TO FIND THERE WAY HOME THEY WOULD HAVE MADE HEADLINES. NO HIS MOTHER SHOULDN’T LET HIM RIDE HIS BIKE DOWN THE ROAD. BUT THAT CHILD WAS A WITNESS FOR THE SHERIFF. THEIR DUTY IS TO PROTECT AND SERVE. NOT JUST TO LET THE KID GIVE THEM A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE AND FALL SHORT BECAUSE OF THEIR “NEGLECT”!!!!!

Extremely Upset!
2015 years 9 months ago

I want you to know that I am extremely upset
about the death of your child. This is so sad
and my heart and prayers go out to you.

I hope that the killer(s) are found and get
what they deserve.

Continue to pray to God for strength, stay close to God, for he is the one that will
keep you strong.

A concerned mother/grandmother/citizen

 

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