Investigators released new details Wednesday in the mysterious death of remains that are said to be that of a 13-year-old boy.
The child, Aaron Jones, hasn’t been seen since Dec. 2016, but he wasn’t reported missing until April 14, 2017. It’s unclear what was told to officers when Aaron was
officially reported missing.
According to Aaron’s family, the body found on Boulder Highway near Sahara Avenue Tuesday is the teen’s. Metro Police said it was Aaron’s relatives who found the badly decomposed body in a nearby desert.
Metro said the small-framed body was wrapped in plastic and covered with boulders.
The family said the boy’s father was Paul Jones. 8 News NOW did some digging and found Aaron’s father in jail. Jones was arrested for child abuse, according to jail records.
Flyers of Aaron, released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, are circulating the internet in hopes of finding the 13-year-old.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Mike Renaud, resident in the area. “I don’t see how people can do that. I don’t see how they can get away with it either.”
The Clark County Coroner has not officially identified the body as that of Aaron, but his loved ones are confident it’s him.
“Yesterday when I came home I saw a family sitting right in front of my door with a bunch of cops and detectives,” Dennis Hightower, resident in the area.
Court records show Jones was arrested on Jan. 2015 on multiple charges of child abuse. The court document says Jones’ teenage step-daughter told school administrators she was being abused by her stepfather.
According to court records, the girl told them she was struck with a cable and showed school officials the marks on her body. When officers investigated the claims, they found 10 children at Jones’ home, but Aaron’s name was not among the names of the kids listed in the report.
Family members say the last time they saw the 13-year-old boy; he was living with his father.
“My prayers are out for the family, and I will pray for their son too,” Hightower said. “Hopefully, he goes to heaven.”
Aaron’s relatives are attempting to get custody of at least one of his sisters who is currently in the care of child protective services.
“Sorry, anything like that can ever happen,” Renaud said. “I don’t know how you can live with something like that; it’ll probably drive me over the edge.”
It’s unclear if Aaron’s father is a suspect in his death, but he was on probation until early April when he was re-arrested for a probation violation.