District Attorney says office will re-examine death of Bald Head Island police officer

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Submitted: Thu, 05/19/2011 - 3:56am
Updated: Thu, 05/19/2011 - 3:03pm

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — More than a decade after the death of Bald Head Island Police Officer, Davina Buff Jones, the case has been reopened. District Attorney Jon David decided today that there was more to the story.

The DA at the time, Rex Gore, dismissed the case as a suicide. But Jones’ father, Loy Buff says he knows his daughter was murdered and that Gore was covering up what really happened that October night in 1999.

“I often hear about people talking about closure,” said Buff. “I don’t feel like it’s come.”

Though its been several years since his daughter’s death, Buff remembers that night like it was yesterday.

“It was a full moon,” recalls Buff. “Of course, she worked the night shift. She went to work on the six o’clock ferry.”

33-year- old Jones never made it off Bald Head Island that night. Her body was found near the lighthouse with a gunshot to the back of her head. The shot came from her service handgun while she was on patrol.

“Somebody got the scenario started that she committed suicide, but we proved in court that it’s kind of difficult to shoot yourself in the back of the head from an up and in angle,” said Buff.

Around the time she was shot, Brunswick County dispatchers overheard Jones asking someone to put down a gun.

“The last thing she said was, ‘come on guys,’ and then they killed her,” said Buff.

At four different court hearings over financial benefits, Jones’ death was ruled a homicide. But despite the evidence, District Attorney Rex Gore insisted that Jones had taken her own life.

Buff says his daughter’s case was botched and the good ol boy network was responsible.

“They wanted to cover up her murder on Bald Head Island,” said Buff. “Those people didn’t want a police officer getting killed. There’s no drugs over there. My goodness, what a thing that might do to their real estate business or something.”

Buff says he hasn’t stopped fighting for his daughter’s case. After many conversations with Jon David, the newly elected District Attorney, David has said the case will be re-opened.

“There’s some gratification from showing what despicable authorities were there that would do my heart good,” said Buff.

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36 Comments on "District Attorney says office will re-examine death of Bald Head Island police officer"

looking for justice
2015 years 8 months ago

I just finished reading the some of the information regarding this case on the internet. All I can say is WOW!! I feel that she was murdered for what she either knew or saw regarding drug smuggling. When all of this story comes to light…and I hope it does, I bet there will be ALOT of “elected officials” involved. I just hope that the evidence doesn’t somehow mysteriously disappear in the upcoming days,weeks,months. This whole story reeks “foul play”. They say the root of all evil is the love of money, and drugs at this level would involve massive amounts of money and power. I get the impression from the information that was given that sheriffs officers, BHI employees, BHI landowners and a whole slew of other people must have been “in” on this because of the lengths that were gone to to cover up this murder. I hope that this case does get resolved and that Davina gets her much deserved justice! This will be the story of all stories!! PLEASE keep us posted WWAY!

2015 years 8 months ago

My mom worked with her on Bald Head before Ms Jones got shot, I’ve heard the stories about how everyone in the court system thinks she killed herself. I honestly think she was murdered and I’m glad he opened the case again. I hope she can get the justice she deserves. I know if she does my mom will be happy. She and Ms Jones were friends while they worked together. My mom always told me the stories about her. For her family, you’ll always have my familys support.

Uncle Reality
2015 years 8 months ago

Since the BC good ol’ boy network sold him down the river, he may be in the mood to finally tell the truth and return the favor. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this officer was murdered.

2015 years 8 months ago

How dare you make such a statement! Do you have a crystal ball or did you use tarot cards to make such a blanket remark? The waste has been continuing for 11 years. Do please tell me on what you are basing this remark. … And sorry for you is a fitting word.

2015 years 8 months ago

This is absoultely NOT a waste of taxpayers’ money. I am a taxpayer in Brunswick county, and I wholeheartedly wish for my money to be used for this family to get justice. I had just graduated from college with a degree in legal studies and moved here when this tragedy occurred. I had a close friend that was a police officer that went to BLET with Ms. Jones. He told me that the crime was a huge coverup at the time. His comment prompted me to do my own research, and I was shocked by the way law enforcement handled everything. This case has always bothered me and I have always prayed that the truth would come out, although I didn’t have much faith. I commend this family for continuing to fight for justice for her. I will continue to pray for them. Thank you, Mr. David. Again you have affirmed why I voted for you. It’s been a long time coming.