Today is the 4 year anniversary of the disappearance of Jadekiss McNeal–the real anniversary of her disappearance. I point that out because this is the last time she was seen and when ECSO was first notified; however, they never made a missing persons report. Just one of a series of ways this case was bumbled from the get-go. This is hardly the first case of a missing child that was mishandled or was given little to no attention that it deserved.
Let’s not forget Naomi Jones and how her mother was arrested for an old warrant when she went to the ECSO for help. They arrested her and didn’t open a case to look for her daughter who was murdered before they decided they should look for her.Still this isn’t the only other missing person who got little to no attention. But instead of harping on what wasn’t done, I going to devote this post to all of them.
Naomi Jones went missing on May 31, 2017 from her Johnson Avenue home in Pensacola. That same day Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Naomi’s mother, Shantara Hurry for an outstanding, non-violent warrant. This arrest very well could have impeded the efforts by taking the most important person, Naomi’s mother, out of the search. As well as the broken trust regarding law enforcement that must have arose out of the arrest for this family. Ms. Hurry reached out to Klaas Kids from jail. Brad Dennis of Klaas Kids amped up the search for Naomi including reaching out to the FBI & FDLE. An inside source from the ECSO says that it was only then that Sheriff Morgan began “A REAL” missing person investigation–roughly 24-48 hours after the original report. This time is considered to be the most crucial time to gather evidence in any missing person investigation, especially involving a child.
This is not the only child that the ECSO has been less than driven to find in recent years. Fourteen year old, Danielle Bell, disappeared in 2001. There was recently a reinvigorated effort to try to close this cold case by independent investigators and news affiliates. These sources also disclose that the ECSO has been less helpful than expected in trying to find out what happened to Bell.
Why is the ECSO less concerned about at-risk or missing children in Escambia County?