Body of Naomi Jones found in 8 Mile Creek

Photo source: KlaasKIDS

The body of Naomi Jones has been found in a creek in Escambia County. She disappeared five days ago from her apartment complex four miles away.

"It's a moment like this in life that I'm reminded that life is completely and totally unfair. You can do everything right and things still turn out wrong," said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

At 5:30 p.m. the Ecambia County Sheriff's Office informed the public that her body was found in 8 Mile Creek near Detroit Boulevard and Ashland Avenue.

Two men returning home from work had stopped there around 4 p.m. to check out the creek to fish. They saw her body in the water and notified authorities. The coroner has since recovered Naomi's remains where her body was discovered.

Family, friends and strangers have been gathering at the scene searching for answers. Some believe this incident will forever change the Pensacola community.

Naomi's father was at the scene, but was forced to leave after almost getting into an altercation with others believed to be with Naomi's mother's family.

Channel 3 spoke with Naomi's mother briefly and asks the community to keep the family in their thoughts.

Now, the sheriff's office is planning to pursue persons of interest who, they believe, may be involved with her disappearance and death. No arrests have been made at this time.

On the day Naomi disappeared, authorities confirmed she'd communicated with a friend.

"We have since, during the investigation, confirmed that she actually had communications about 12:21 p.m. on Wednesday with a friend via a cell phone," Morgan said.

In a news conference Monday morning, Morgan said more than 300 people had been interviewed by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office since her disappearance in hopes that a lead would bring them closer to finding her. He said they'd exhausted every lead in her case.

Monday morning Morgan said, "we need divine intervention". He had discussed officials were determining whether this is a "rescue or recovery" operation.

Volunteers from around the nation, including local search and rescue organization KlaasKIDS, helped in the search, which picked up Monday morning.

There was a $20,000 reward for any information that can help bring Naomi home.

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