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Insiders: The Murder Mystery Of Milton Jones

Milton Jones
Posted at 11:21 AM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2017-12-13 05:25:12-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL)-- Police in Valdosta are trying to unravel two mysteries, the only two unsolved homicides since 2008.

In one case the two-year anniversary just passed. Store employee Kanwaljit Serai was shot as he closed up a beauty supply store on Ashley Street on May 10, 2013.

The other case is the death of Milton Jones. September will mark seven years since he was killed.

We talked to Jones' sister and also the investigator working the case.

Milton Jones was a father, a brother, and a man who family members say would lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it, but his life ended when he was 43 years old.

"He was my brother you know,he was a good person," said Annette Jones Hargett, the sister of Milton Jones.

Annette Jones Hargett is still grieving years after her brother was gunned down in Payton Park.

"My brother didn't deserve it," said Jones-Hargett. "I hope it won't be that long. It's been seven years. Hopefully, it won't be 10."

On September 28, 2008, police were called to Payton Park, known to locals as "duck pond."

"I got a call that there were shots fired," said Valdosta Police Department Det. Sgt. Kari Williams.

That's where police found Jones in the park not too far from the road, and just east of the Southside Library.

"Nobody deserves to die like that and then for what reason?" asked Jones Hargett.

Police say about 45 minutes before the shooting, witnesses saw at least three people in the park, one of them was the victim.

"The other was described as a black male, I believe with dreads wearing all black," said Det. Sgt. Williams. "The other was female who was larger stature, probably larger than your average male."

After Jones was shot, his white Dodge Ram pick-up truck was stolen from the park and driven to the area of Clay Road, just east of the park and torched.

"After they had shot him, they burned his truck and everything up," said Jones Hargett.

Police say one key to solving the case would be finding an unidentified woman.

"We have evidence that he was with a female in a white Dodge Ram pick-up truck," said Det. Sgt. Williams. "That female, we cannot identify at this moment. She has yet to come forward to tell us why she was with him, where they went, and what they were doing when it happened."

"Sometimes I think about him being around because before I could call, and you know, talk to him a little, but I can't do that anymore," said Jones Hargett.

Police say they haven't forgotten Milton Jones and his family. They say somebody knows something. If you have any information on this case, call the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145. If you have a story idea for the Insiders, send us an email at abc27news@wtxl.tv.