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Investigators on Wednesday were still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death for a missing woman whose body was found near Fries on May 22.
The body of Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, was found in a creek alongside secluded Brush Creek Road in Grayson County, after a youth cutting weeds there found her cell phone and alerted police.
The mother of four had been missing since April 15.
George’s body was found about 10 miles from her home. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said it appeared the body had been dropped off on the roadside, which shifts the case from a missing persons hunt to a homicide investigation.
Carroll deputies and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation obtained a search warrant for George’s home and the place where she was found. Results of those searches were not on file with the court by press time on Wednesday.
George’s boyfriend and the father of her youngest child, Matthew Steven Jones, 34, is considered a person of interest in her disappearance. Police say he is refusing to talk about the case.
Investigators seized Jones’ vehicle about a month ago and processed it for evidence.
Though not charged in the George case, Jones is being held in the Randolph County, N.C., Jail on charges in connection with a bank robbery that occurred in Ramseur, N.C.
Gardner said investigators intend to speak with Jones again, after more evidence is collected.
Jones’ criminal record in North Carolina is extensive and includes several felony arrests between 1995 and 2003, a felony conviction in 1997 for breaking into vehicles and a 2003 felony conviction for using a dangerous weapon in a series of larcenies and break-ins. Jones was released from prison in 2009, after serving six years.
In an interview with the Courier-Tribune newspaper in Asheboro, N.C., the day before the body was found, George’s first cousin, Mike Martin, said that George’s mother was still holding out hope that her daughter would be found alive. Other family members were more realistic that there was little hope.
“She was a beautiful, loving person and this has consumed us all,” Martin said.
The Courier-Tribune’s interview with Martin reveals some details about how Jones and the couple’s 2-month-old baby were located just after George was reported missing.
Initially, family members did not know where to find Jones and the infant, either.
Martin said George’s sister had sent a text message to Jones asking about the child, and he later replied and asked for money to buy baby formula.
This was how the family discovered that Jones had brought the baby to his mother’s house in Asheboro, N.C., Martin said.
Hoping that Desia Rae was with Jones, Martin and George’s sister went to Asheboro. Jones was not at his mother’s house at the time of their visit.
Jones’ mother was not aware that George was missing. He had told her that George kicked him out and told him to take the baby, according to Martin.
Martin, George’s sister and Jones’ mother all agreed that it would be in the best interest of the baby to be with George’s family. Martin said Jones’ mother tried to care for the baby, but was not able to.
The next day after their visit to Asheboro, Jones allegedly robbed the bank in Ramseur.
Det. Ed Blair of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office told the Courier-Tribune that the bank robbery investigation is ongoing.