Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Day after authorities find missing girl, half-brother charged with murder

Jahreese Jones, 25

WILMINGTON — The half-brother of a girl found dead after missing for two weeks has been charged with murder.

On Friday, the Wilmington Police Department announced Jahreese Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to 16-year-old Miyonna Jones’ homicide. He is currently being held without bond.

READ MORE: After ‘extensive’ two-week search, Wilmington teen found dead in Pender County

Miyonna was declared missing from Wilmington Nov. 2, and her body was discovered by officials in Pender County Thursday morning.

Judy McKnight, 61

In addition, 61-year-old Judy McKnight has been charged with a felony for obstructing justice and is being held under a $100,000 secured bond. Both will appear in court Friday.

Jahreese has been in custody since Nov. 2 on what WPD said were “unrelated charges.” He is now being linked to her disappearance.

His girlfriend, Randi Johnson, 27, has also been charged with obstruction of justice.

Jahreese and McKnight are scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.


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