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Sheriff: Rusk County murder suspect captured after manhunt

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 5:31 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 11:32 AM CDT
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RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The search for a murder suspect ended this morning in Rusk county.

Coy Jones senior was captured after an eleven hour manhunt in Rusk county.

The search for the 39 year old Jones began as a result of a welfare check by deputies at a rural home on county road 232, north of Henderson Tuesday night.

“When we started getting calls about the woman and the fact that they haven’t seen her. We entered the residence and found a white female laying on the floor that was deceased,” said Rusk county sheriff John Wayne Valdez.

A murder warrant was later issued for Jones,

“We started fanning out across town with Henderson police department and tried to quarantine off an area because he was seen on highway 79,” the sheriff said.

Jones was last seen walking near the star intersection.

Henderson police and Texas Rangers joined the search along with a drone alongside a TDCJ K-9 team.

“We started refocusing in areas outside the city limits, because although he was on foot he had a significant amount of time,” Valdez says.

Investigators canvassed every business with security cameras until they found a captured image of Jones at an area restaurant.

11 hours of searching produced nothing, but then the sheriff’s office got a break. A patrol deputy was cruising by Mount Hope cemetery on highway 64 west, and saw some movement.

“The deputy looked to his right and saw the guys description sitting in the cemetery. he was taken into custody without incident,” said the sheriff.

Investigators are looking into a motive for the killing.

The victim’s body has been sent to Tyler for autopsy.

Jones is being held without bond at the Rusk county jail.

Coy Jake Jones, 39
Coy Jake Jones, 39(Rusk County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies were initially called Tuesday night to a welfare check at a home on Rusk County Road...
Deputies were initially called Tuesday night to a welfare check at a home on Rusk County Road 232.(KLTV staff)

Editor’s note: A news release initially listed the suspect’s given name as “Cody.” The sheriff later made the clarification.

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