Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Jones was last seen in Penns Grove, New Jersey, shortly before midnight on April 18, 2002. She was last heard from an hour later, when she had a telephone conversation from her apartment in Mullica West Apartments in Harrison Township, New Jersey. Jones was reported missing after she failed to pick up her young daughter from a baby-sitter the same night. Tomiene's brother went to her apartment and found the front door open. Inside, the bathroom door was broken.
Tomiene's locked car was in the parking lot with her purse on the rear floor, her wallet still inside.Foul play is suspected in Jones's disappearance; authorities have classified it as a homicide. She left behind her keys and purse and also her two-year-old daughter, and her family says she was a dedicated and enthusiastic mother and it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon the child. Jones was originally from Mannington Township but had moved to Harrison Township shortly before her disappearance. Tomiene Jones' disappearance triggered an exhaustive search. Police in three counties used helicopters and motorboats to search creeks, estuaries and lakes. Her body was never found. Officials have said there is a suspect but an arrest has not been made. There was a history of domestic violence with her ex-boyfriend. Less than three months before Jones disappeared, she had filed a complaint against him with Logan Township police, near her job at the Bridgeport post office, after he called her cell phone and threatened to kill her, police records show. There may be a connection between Jones' presumed homicide and the homicide of Nyoka Brice, as they both had children with the same man.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Harrison Township Police Department
New Jersey State Police
New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit
The Philadelphia Inquirer