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A young missing girl from Duncan BC, Canada was found deceased. Please pray for this family under very difficult circumstances. May God comfort them in their deep grief.
The mother of murdered 18-year-old Tyeshia Jones spoke Saturday of her heartbreak over losing her “angel.”
“She was my whole world and she still is,” Mary Jim said in an interview.
“She is my angel. I always called her my African queen — because she was mixed black and native.”
Jones’s body was found Friday in a wood near Duncan after a week-long police search.
Jim said her heart has been ripped in half, but paid tribute to the support she has received from her family, friends and community.
“Without them, there’s no telling where I would be,” Jim said.
“I want to be with Tyeshia but my job is not done here. I have three other kids to take care of. I do love her and I’m going to miss her a lot.”
She and her daughter were very close, Jim said, and could discuss anything with one another — even boys.
Jones, a member of the Cowichan Tribes, disappeared about 3 a.m. on Jan. 22 after leaving a home on Miller Road to meet a male friend at the Superstore.
She never arrived and her cellphone was later found in a planter on Cowichan Tribes land.
Jones was not allowed out at that time of night, her mother said.
“As a parent raising a young female child, I just encourage the teenagers today to start paying better attention to parents,” Jim said. “Tyeshia made this mistake one time and that’s all it took.”
Jones’s father, Jim’s former husband Calvin Jones, arrived in Duncan from Washington state Saturday. “I miss her and I wish she was here,” he said.
“There will be justice, whether it be up above or right here, but there will be justice done.”
The RCMP expanded its murder investigation Saturday, adding 14 more officers and fanning out to talk to anyone in Duncan with information.
As some officers knocked on doors, a forensic identification team scoured the area where Jones’s body was found, in a wood near the Shaker Church cemetery, off Indian Road.
In all, more than 50 investigators from southern Vancouver Island are involved. Two command posts have been set up on Indian Road.
“The police are all over the place,” said Joe Thorne, a Cowichan Tribes elder and cousin of the victim. “I know they are going to find this person or persons.”
Police have not revealed how Jones died or where. An autopsy, set for Monday, is expected to confirm the cause of her death.
RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan said search-and-rescue technicians will rejoin the investigation Sunday or Monday, this time to look for items linked to Jones’s disappearance and murder.
With police unable to say whether the killing was targeted or random, they advised the public to take extra safety precautions. Lagan suggested people walk in groups, or take public transit, a taxi or a car.
“We don’t want to create a sense of panic but, at the same time, people need to think about that for the next little while until we can get some answers for them,” Lagan said.
Lagan said police already have considerable information.
“There’s definitely a confidence within the officers working this that we’re doing everything we can and that we’ll be able to get answers to the questions very soon,” he said.