Antoine Jones

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Above: Jones, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 19, 1997 from Richland County, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 5, 1967
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 225 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Jones has a scar on his left forearm.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jones was last seen in Richland County, South Carolina on September 19, 1997. He traveled with his brother from his home in Greensboro, North Carolina to Richland to attend the baptism of a friend's child. Jones was driving a 1994 Lexus. He and his brother checked into the Quality Inn in the 1500 block of Horseshoe Drive; Jones disappeared a short time afterwards and has never been heard from again. The Lexus was located three days later. A West Columbia, South Carolina man wrecked it on Christian Street, then fled from the scene of the accident. When authorities examined the car, they found a large amount of blood inside it; they stated there was enough blood to indicate death.

    In 2009, police reopened the case and took DNA from Jones's son to test it against the blood in the car. Bryen Brice was arrested and charged with Jones's murder in February 2010. Jones had a troubled past and was involved in drugs, and investigators believe he was killed during a botched drug deal. Another suspect, Errol West, is wanted on charges related to the case, but he remains a fugitive. Jones's body has not been recovered, but foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Richland County Sheriff's Office
    803-691-9000

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    Source Information
    The State
    Unsolved in the News
    WIS 10
    Richland County Sheriff's Office

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 13, 2016; date of disappearance corrected, date of birth added.

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