JAHI MARQUES TURNER – ENDANGERED MISSING April 25, 2002 – USMCC000287LTWH – UPDATED 07.03.2013

JAHI MARQUES TURNER

Lights For Jahi Marques Turner Flier

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Jahi Marques Turner Age Progressed to 12 Years Old

Jahi Marques Turner Age Progressed to 12 Years Old

Jahi Marques Turner

Jahi Marques Turner

Jahi Marques Turner

Date of Birth: February 10, 2000

Black Male

Height: 2’5”     Weight: 30 lbs

Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown

Missing: April 25, 2002     From: San Diego, CA

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On April 21, 2002, Jahi moved with his mother, Tameka Jones, and stepfather Tieray Dewayne Jones, to the Golden Hill area of San Diego in United States Military housing.  Tameka was a sailor in the United States navy at the time and was deployed aboard the U.S.S. Rushmore while Tieray looked after Jahi.  Prior to this Jahi had resided with his maternal grandmother, Penny Thompson, in Maryland.  Tameka had taken Jahi to California the day before her deployment.  Jahi’s biological father, Tramane Sampson, lived in Frederick, Maryland, and was released from prison shortly before April 2002.

On the day that Jahi disappeared, Tieray told authorities that he and Jahi visited Balboa Park in the 2800 block of Beech Street.  Tieray claims that he left Jahi near the sandbox while he purchased a soda from a nearby vending machine.  Tieray stated that a woman and two children were near the area at the time.  He claimed that Jahi had vanished by the time he returned.  Jahi has never been seen or heard from since.

Tieray Jones

Tieray Jones

An extensive search of the area was launched, however officials were unable to turn up any evidence of Jahi.  Authorities said that Tieray had told them he left his stepson unattended for approximately 15 minutes.  Tieray denied ever saying that claims Jahi was left unchaperoned for less time than that.

A few days after Jahi’s reported disappearance, authorities were able to identify and locate the woman Tieray claims to have seen at the park.  After talking with her that stated that she was able to give them some unspecified information in Jahi’s disappearance.  The woman is not considered a suspect or involved in Jahi’s disappearance in any way.

With not much left to point officials in the direction of uncovering what happened to Jahi, they decided to fingerprint the playground equipment at the park.  To their surprise, they could not locate a single print of Jahi’s, which leads to the belief that Jahi quite possibly never entered that park.  Authorities refused to comment on this theory, however they did state that the last time anyone actually saw Jahi was on April 23, two days prior to his disappearance.

Tameka Jones

Tameka Jones

Tieray has quite the criminal history, including drug charges and failure to pay child support.  He and Tameka took polygraph exams after Jahi disappeared.  Numerous media outlets reported that Tieray failed this exam, but officials will not confirm anything.  The suspicion already on Tieray, began to rise drastically.  He was seen a day before reporting Jahi missing, dragging what appeared to be a large satchel, duffle bag, or garbage bag to a dumpster near the apartment where he, Tameka and Jahi lived.  Police do not know what was in the bag, as the contents of the dumpster were hauled away the day before Jahi was reported missing.  Apparently Tieray kept a journal, which authorities examined, and what they found led them to believe that Jahi was indeed harmed before he was reported missing.  Tieray wrote that he hoped Jahi could forgive him, and described the little boy as listless and inactive.  The entries following, which described an outing to Balboa Park, are believed to have been faked.

Jahi’s grandmother, Penny Thompson, travelled to San Diego in late April 2002, and initialized her own search for her grandson.  The only thing that search yielded was a lot of drama which sadly led to the dissolution of any search efforts that had been in progress for Jahi before Thompson arrived.  Conflicts quickly arose between Thompson efforts and the continuing searches implemented by additional volunteers stemming from Thompson’s ‘harsh attitude’.  The volunteer search efforts ceased by early June 2002, as organizers cited creative differences with Thompson.  By the end of that month, Thompson returned to Maryland, amongst suspicion that she had taken all of the donations intended for Jahi’s search efforts.

In the summer of 2002, Tameka and Tieray began working with a retired social worker to search for Jahi.  Jahi’s biological father, Sampson, hired a private investigator to help look for his son in September of 2002.  The detective cited numerous inconsistencies in Tieray’s version of events as reason for concern.  Tameka and Tieray later moved back to Maryland, and ended their relationship.  In October of 2004, Tieray was arrested for attempted murder, assault and other charges.  In January of 2005, he was additionally charged with second degree murder in the case of a Maryland man, John E. “Poochie” Hill.  Tieray’s trial was about to begin when suddenly prosecutors dropped all of the charges against him, as numerous witnesses were unavailable to testify.  Tieray later pled no contest to assault in another case and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Tieray has since been released from prison and resides in Maryland.

Police have released public statements saying that they believe Jahi was the victim of a homicide, and they no longer believed the little boy was alive.  Unfortunately, they do not have enough evidence to file charges against anyone in connection with the little boys presumed murder.  Jahi’s body has never been recovered.

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jahi Marques Turner, please immediately contact the San Diego Police Department at:

1-619-531-2000

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The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on March 9, 2013.

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