BIANCA JONES – ENDANGERED MISSING December 2, 2011 – USMCC000200LTWH – UPDATED 06.01.2013
Date of Birth: November 26, 2009
Height: 2’5” Weight: 25 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Missing: December 2, 2011 From: Detroit, MI
Bianca was last seen wearing a pink shirt, pink tights and a purple jacket with gold trim.
On Friday, December 2, 2011, D’Andre Lane filed a report with Detroit police stating that he had been carjacked and the thieves had driven off with his 2 year old daughter, Bianca, still strapped in her car seat in the back of the car. According to Lane, the two men forced him at gunpoint from his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, however in another version, Lane told police he was driving when two assailants told him to check a taillight which was out. When Lane stepped out of the car, the assailants jumped in, stealing his car with Bianca still inside of it. The car was found 10 minutes after law enforcement received the report of the incident, less than a mile away from where it was stolen, but the little girl was not inside.
Police immediately launched a search to find little Bianca Jones. An Amber Alert was put out in Michigan. Detroit police, along with the FBI, Michigan State Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and several community groups worked together to locate Jones. “We only want Bianca back. That’s all we care about,” Bianca’s mother, Banika Jones stated. “We just want you to bring her back safe and sound or leave her somewhere safe.” Detroit Police investigators utilized two bloodhounds in the search of Bianca, hoping to track her scent. Meanwhile about 65 volunteers gathered at Metropolitan United Methodist Church to join in the search for the missing toddler. Volunteers were split into groups of five accompanied by two uniformed officers as they went out to search in an area between I-75 and Woodward. Volunteers were instructed to search fields, dumpsters, knock on doors and do anything else that might assist the police investigation. Police say the volunteers will search areas beyond where investigators searched. “I just want to say thank you so much and I appreciate you so much,” said Banika Jones in regards to the many volunteers helping to search for her daughter.
D’Andre Lane has said he and Bianca were victims of a “random” act. “The people who did this just panicked. They’re taking care of her and they’re going to let her go safely,” Lane said. Family members have questioned whether Lane has told authorities the full truth of what occurred that morning. “Everything is confusing and cloudy,” said Bianca’s uncle, Gerry Weaver Jr., “Half of the family believes Dre, and the other half have their doubts.”
Lane has a criminal record but does not believe this was planned against him personally. In 1996, D’Andre Lane served a more than four year probation after being convicted of assault with intent to commit armed robbery and conspiracy. Lane then served a sentence in 2003 for more than three years after he was arrested on possession of a controlled substance and firearm possession and was then paroled in 2007. After the initial questioning of Lane, police held him on an outstanding warrant from an unrelated case. Lane was released a few days later from the Oakland County Jail. Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said the father’s story is under “intense scrutiny” by investigators. Detroit police are questioning the accuracy of the initial testimony of Bianca’s disappearance.
Although police would not comment on the “quantity nor the quality of any evidence or information” gathered in the case, Chief Ralph Godbee said in a statement that the police were giving the story of 32-year-old Lane a thorough examination. The FBI, along with Detroit police, executed a search warrant on Lane’s home looking for evidence that may be linked to the toddler’s disappearance. A police source, cited by the Detroit News, also stated Lane took a polygraph test and failed, with low scores on the questions “Did you have anything to do with her disappearance?” and “Do you know where she is now?”.
The police department had released a composite sketch of one of the suspects who is described as a Black Male, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds with a medium complexion, light scraggly beard, wearing a black shirt, black pants and a brown hat in hopes of opening some new leads in the disappearance of Bianca Jones.
In continuing the search for Bianca Jones, cadaver dogs picked up the scent of human remains in two locations. Sources say a dog signalled there was human decomposition on or near Bianca’s car seat found in D’Andre Lane’s Mercury Marquis. Cadaver dogs also indicated the scent of human remains last week during an FBI raid at Lane’s home on Detroit’s east side.
The formal search for Bianca was eventually called off, after more than 1,000 volunteers joined city and state police, Detroit firefighters and the FBI to search for Bianca in abandoned houses, fields and alleys. There is still no sign of the little girl.
Just over three months after the disappearance of 2-year old Bianca Jones, her father, D’Andre Lane, was officially charged with first degree felony murder and first degree child abuse, and held on $3,000,000.00 bond. While little Bianca’s body has not been recovered, prosecutors maintain they have more than enough evidence to prove Lane murdered his own daughter. The prosecution remained tight lipped however on all the details of their case, but clearly stated that Bianca was abused the day of her disappearance. Lane continued to deny having any involvement in his daughter’s disappearance.
One point of evidence the prosecution based their case on involved forensic canine expert, Martin Grime. Only days after Bianca’s disappearance, Grime travelled from England with two English Springer Spaniels, Morse, who specializes in victim recovery and Keela, who detects human blood. While searching the areas of interest in the case, Morse detected human decomposition in a room where Bianca slept at Lane’s house, as well as on her blanket and car seat found in Lane’s car. When forensic trained dogs alert to the scent of human decomposition, their final response is vocal says Grime. As the dog searches, their behaviour changes and they become more intense. As Morse searched the inside and outside of Lane’s home, he showed an immediate change in behaviour. Morse was able to pick out Lane’s car, which was parked among 31 others in the lot, with none of the other cars in the lot provoking a response.
When the trial finally began, it was heartbreaking to watch as Bianca’s 8 year old sister testified to the events she witnessed the morning of Bianca’s disappearance. “I didn’t see Bebe,” the little girl stated, referring to Bianca. She stated she had put her school clothes on, washed her face and waited in the living room for her father. As the sister got into the car, she stated that Lane picked up the car seat carrying Bianca, but “the cover (her blanket) was over her.” According to the little girl, Bianca never attempted to remove the blanket form her face and did not make any sounds. She went on to say that Bianca “usually snores” in her sleep. After testifying to what she saw happen that morning, Bianca’s 8 year old sister testified that her father, Lane, had hit her after she wet the bed one night. After hitting the little girl, he stuffed her urine soaked panties into her mouth as part of her punishment. “It was the time I thought I was on the toilet, but I was in the bed. He was holding them (the panties) in my face, then put them underneath my tongue and it hurt.” the little girl said about the incident.
As the trial continued on, the horrific details of how Bianca spent her last days were revealed. On the night before Bianca’s disappearance, Lane’s girlfriend heard him yelling at Bianca and hitting her with a paddle while Bianca was screaming. Lane’s 15-year old nephew who was also staying at the house, personally witnessed the paddling at 2:00AM. Lane himself admitted that he had done it, but said the paddling did not hurt her. The ‘paddle’ was a stick with one end wrapped in a towel and duct tape. Lane also went on to state that after the paddling at 1:00AM, Bianca fell out of her bed and hit her head. He says he was unable to sleep that night after Bianca fell out of bed at 1:00AM and he and Bianca remained up until 3:00AM. In the morning, Lane says Bianca seemed “a bit out of it”, and was stumbling around and kept “nodding out”, and he repeatedly tapped the paddle against her buttocks to keep her awake. As the evidence piled up, Lane’s lies unravelled and the truth of what happened was revealed. D’Andre Lane was found guilty of felony murder and first degree child abuse in October of 2012 and sentenced to the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. Lane was also sentenced to 11-30 years in prison for first degree child abuse.
In a disgusting show, Bianca’s mother, Banika claims racism is at the root of Lane’s prosecution. Jones’ claims that cadaver dogs should never have been used and the evidence never allowed in court. I am going to try really hard to believe that Jones’ is making these claims and accusations simply because facing the reality that her little girl is very likely deceased is just too horrific for her. I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt, and I hope that soon she can accept what has and is happening and can find the support and strength to get through this nightmare.
Lane maintains his innocence and Bianca’s body has never been recovered.
We will continue to follow Bianca’s case until this sweet, beautiful little girl is found and brought home, the family needs and deserves this closure.
A reward of $25,000.00 remains for any information leading to the recovery of Bianca’s body.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Bianca Jones, please immediately contact the Detroit Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: