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Bones found could solve 6-year missing persons case

A hunter reported finding a human skull Sunday off Hwy 287 near Holland. Investigators have since found about 40 additional bones in the same area.
A flyer hangs in the Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit of Christopher Jones, missing since April 2006
A flyer hangs in the Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit of Christopher Jones, missing since April 2006
HOLLAND, AR - The locating of human remains near Holland in Faulkner County could solve a missing persons case that dates back to the spring of 2006.

A deer hunter reported finding a human skull Sunday off Hwy 287 near Holland.  Investigators have since found about 40 additional bones in the same area.  The remains were located about 200 yards south of the home where Chris Jones lived.  Jones, 37, at the time he disappeared, has not been seen since April 5, 2006.

No positive identification has been made, but Major Andy Shock with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department talked about the likelihood of the bones belonging to anyone other than Jones.

"The likelihood is probably very small," Shock says.  "But there is that possibility.  We're not closed minded in thinking that it is him for sure because we don't know that."

Jones home on Tuesday had overgrown weeds covering the front lawn.  The pick up truck detectives say belonging to Jones still sits in the driveway.  His initials "CJ" still hang over the driveway.

"It's very puzzling, it was like he just upped and vanished," Shock says.

Shock worked the case as part of the criminal investigations department in 2006.  He says Jones had recently been released from a hospital, battling a severe case of gout in both feet which left him immobile.

When family members checked on him, they found his belongings untouched, his truck in the driveway, his crutches leaning against a wall inside.

Shock says a total of 40 bones have been found so far, including a skull and femur with no visible signs of foul play.

Investigators are continuing to look for clues in the area and the bones are being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification.
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