Medical Examiner Issues Cause Of Death For Missing Man

The Medical Examiner's office has released the cause of death for a missing man whose body was found in icy waters in Martin County on Friday.

Officials say Christopher Jones died of asphyxiation by drowning.

The Medical Examiner's office states it still doesn't know how long Jones had been dead before he was found.

The vehicle Jones was driving was found January 1, but his body wasn't found until January 8.



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The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with discovery of a body Friday afternoon in Martin County.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs says they found the license of Christoper Jones on the body found in the swamp.

Jones has been missing for a week.

Gibbs says the autopsy won't likely be completed until Monday.

The family of the missing man says they believe the body found in Martin County Friday is that of Christopher Jones.

His brother, Jack Jones, tells WITN News that a body was found in some woods near where the truck he was driving was found on Saturday.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs confirmed that a body was found in the woods off Highway 64.

He said the SBI is looking for any signs of foul play and they set up lights to help in that search as the sun went down.

New information from reporter Dave Marcheskie, who was on the scene, says the body was found under ice in a swamp.

Earlier Friday, two of the brothers rented a plane to fly over the area and thought they spotted "something that didn't look right."

Jack Jones says his two brothers walked back toward the swamp and saw an arm sticking out of the ice, with what appeared to be a blue sweater like his brother had on the day he disappeared.


The family of a missing Martin County man is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his return.

It's been a week since Christopher Jones was last seen when he left to pick up some items for his daughter's birthday party. The truck Jones was driving was found Saturday night along Highway 64.

Friday the man's brothers took to the air to search a 2 to 3 mile area around where the truck was found. After that they will access the situation and then go by vehicle to the area.

A Marine helicopter from Cherry Point was also brought in to help deputies search the area around Highway 64 where the truck was found.

The family asks that anyone who may have seen the pickup truck Jones was in before it was found to contact authorities. It is a white 1991 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a black brush guard on the front grill.

If anyone has information on Jones, they should contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office.


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Martin County lawmen are searching for a missing man who was last seen Friday afternoon.

Deputies say Christopher Jones was reported missing by his family on Saturday.

Since Friday it has been a waiting game for Christopher's brothers Tommy and Jack Jones.

The Jones brothers say Christopher left around 3:30 Friday afternoon to pick up a few things for a birthday party he was throwing for his 14 year-old daughter on Saturday--but never came back.

The truck Jones was driving was found Saturday night by a Martin County Sheriff's deputy sitting on the side of Highway 64 at No. 90 Cutoff Road. That's when lawmen got involved and assembled a search team all day Sunday.

With no answers about Christopher's whereabouts, Tommy Jones is starting to worry. "We're trying to be positive, but ya know It's really sad because like we said, the scenario. The family is just distraught. We're trying to be positive, we're praying to our savior...but, it doesn't look good."

Jones was wearing a Carolina blue sweatshirt with hood and jeans. He's 5'11" tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds, and has short brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who has information related to the whereabouts of Christopher Jones is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Office at 252-789-4500 or Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800.


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  • by Nona on Mar 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM
    The Martin county sheriffs office told me that they are no longer helping because the life he lead put him in that swamp. There's still a $5,000.00 reward for the person that can tell us what happened to Chris. The family is forced again to do the sheriffs job for him. They still want give the truck back, but have done nothing with it. They did nothing but try and make up for not doing their job in the beginning. They told me, in my final plea for information, that they were not doing anything else because he put his self out there. So for you locals who count on these people, if you do not live your life the way they think you should, you will not get the same amount of services that someone they feel is "just" would get. Remember this, you vote these people into their positions. Make the right choice for your town. Mean while, I can only tell you to call them with info on this case an there is a reward for anyone that can tell us what happened to Chris. Why was he in that area? please
  • by Farm Life Girl on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Come on people, today Chris was laid to rest and it now time for these comments to be laid to rest as well. Let the family mourn the lost of their husband, father, brother and friend. Enough is enough!!
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    Jack and Tommy, I remeber you guys from middle school. Like a lot of people, as soon as I saw Chris's name on the news I have been following this closely. It is heartbreaking. I have seen the closeness in your family and the bond that you all have. My heart goes out to you. Even through the saddness of this all, I can't help smile when I think of you guys and some of those Edgecombe days. You and your family have been, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
  • by TAMMY Location: Chocowinty on Jan 13, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    To the family of Mr.Jones.Your lose can not be easy but know God is able to carry you through this trying time. My famly and I just recently lay to rest our love one, so I feel your hurt(daughter. Be strong and comfort one another. Dont let rumors tear your family apart.
  • by Lauren Jones(daughter) Location: Williamston on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    For anybody who wants to know, the visitation is tonight from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. And the funeral is tomarow at macedonia church in williamston on highway 17 at 2:00 pm. I Love You Daddy. -love, your laurice :) <3 And witn, i want to personally invite Dave Marcheskie to the visitation and the funeral. he was alot of help last friday so please let him know that he is invited. And you guys have a good man working for yall.
  • by Brandy Location: north carolina on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    i just met him not to long ago with my boyfriend its crazy that ya know not long after i met this person hes gone... wow
  • by Jack Jones(brother) Location: bear grass on Jan 12, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    Sonja!!!! I know you didnt say my middle on the comments.LOL I love you girl. I will call soon,Promise it just really hurts to talk to people.Alot of people are asking ,how or it must be hard knowing how the brothers found there love one.I donnt want to hear that!People need to stop and think about the family.
  • by Me on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    People please let this family grieve in peace. Do not keep calling his brothers to tell them something you have heard or think you know. If you have any information contact the sheriffs dept. If it is hearsay keep it to yourself. Jack, Neil, Tommy and Billy are going through enough and do not need someone calling them constantly telling them a bunch of crap. If you have concrete information do the right thing inform the law. Let these boys bury their brother and grieve in PEACE.
  • by sonja Location: sharpsburg on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    I found myself standing in the store where i work today with tears streaming uncontrolable thinking back to old sparta jack and chris climbing through my window our (shopping spree) all the good times we had and i relized just how honored i am to have been friends with the Jones boys. through my life i have lost both my parents and a younger brother and jack you have been right there for me no questions asked.jack i am so sorry to hear about chris no matter what anyone tries to say chris was a good man he had a heart of gold and i know my life is better for having known him .i feel so bad we lost contact after my moms funeral for that im so sorry .JACK HENRY i love you and your whole family yallhave such a love for each other that makes others envious wishing our families had that kind of relationship.please know that me and justin are here no matter what all you have to do is call.and to my dear friend chris thank you you are loved and missed by so many but you live in our hearts aaf.
  • by brittany on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    and lauren said they same thing.. that he is in a better place.
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