North American Missing Persons Network
Jahi Marques Turner

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Above Images: Bottom Right; AP to age 15

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 25, 2002 from San Diego, San Diego County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 10, 2000
  • Age: 2
  • Height: 2'5"
  • Weight: 30 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Ambidextrous. Light complexion. Scar over left knee.
  • Medical Conditions: Eczema in the creases of his body.
  • Clothing: Long-sleeved blue shirt imprinted with images
    of Winnie The Pooh and Tigger, blue nylon cargo pants
    with an orange drawstring, and gray Air Jordan shoes.
  • NCIC Number: M-212354501
  • Case Number: 02-028012

  • Details of Disappearance
    Turner moved to the Golden Hill area of San Diego, California on April 21, 2002. He lived with his mother, Tameka Jones, and stepfather Tieray Dewayne Jones in United States military housing. Tameka was a sailor in the US Navy at the time and was deployed aboard the USS Rushmore while Tieray tended to Turner. Turner's biological father, Tramane Sampson, lived in Frederick, Maryland and was released from prison shortly before April 2002.

    Tieray told authorities that he and Turner visited Balboa Park in the Golden Hill area near 28th Street and Cedar Street on April 25, 2002. Tieray said that he left Turner near the sandbox while he purchased a soda from a nearby vending machine. Tieray stated that a woman and two children were near the area at the time. He claimed that Turner had vanished by the time he returned. Turner has never been heard from again.

    The boy's disappearance prompted weeks of intensive searches, including an extensive sweep of the Miramar Landfill. The boy's body has never been found. Foul play is suspected.

    Tieray D. Jones, 37, was arrested by U.S. Marshals and police officers in Raleigh, North Carolina in April 2016, on charges of murder and child abuse causing death. Jones pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the death of 2-year-old Jahi Turner.

    Jones has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for assault with a firearm, trespassing and drug cases, and served a five-year prison sentence in Maryland.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Diego Police Department
    (619) 531-2844
    (619) 531-2000

    Source Information
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The San Diego Union-Tribune