It’s been two months since mom of two Natalie Jones vanished on her way home to Georgia from a Fourth of July party in Alabama, and her worried mother says she’s “running on faith.”
“Not knowing — this is killing me,” Elaine Gordan told the Newnan Times Herald. “I just want to come up on her. I just want to hear her voice. I want her to see my face and hold her arms out.”
Natalie Jones, 28, was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Opelika, Alabama, between 10:20 p.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Her sister, Jessica Bishop, said the friends back in Opelika received a text from Jones’s phone about an hour later, about the time she would have made it home. The message said simply, “I made it.”
Bishop said that her sister’s phone last pinged “from a cell tower in Ephesus near Franklin, Georgia” — about 24 miles northwest of her home in Corinth — shortly after 4:30 a.m. that morning, and afterwards the phone was turned off.
Jones was a loving mom and would never leave her two sons, ages 11 and 4, Bishop said. She was happy and “hopeful for the future.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stepped in to help Heard County authorities with the case at the end of July, putting Natalie on a statewide list of missing persons, and there’s a $10,000 reward.
Gordon told the Times-Herald that family and friends have searched relentlessly, driving the possible routes she would have taken many times.
“Someone would be riding motorcycles down the roads eight hours at a time,” she said. “We flew drones and everything.”
But now, two months later with no new information, Gordon told the Times Herald, “I’m running on faith.”
Jones drives a distinct four-door, Chevrolet Cavalier that she had painted a bright pink color with a blue stripe. It has a Georgia license plate number of RVE6177. Despite its noticeable color, there have been no sightings reported to law enforcement.
Jones stands 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has brown hair with blond highlights and blue eyes. She has an “Isaac” tattoo on her left wrist, a “Trent” tattoo on her right wrist, and a star diagram tattoo on her back, which spans from shoulder to shoulder on her back. She also has a “Trent” tattoo and a baby footprint on her right foot.
Jones was last seen wearing white shorts, a pink shirt, and black sandals with a bow.
Anyone with information should contact Lt. Dan Boswell at the Heard County Sheriff’s Office at 706-675-3329 or dial 911.
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[Feature Photo: Natalie Jones/Georgia Bureau of Investigation]