A missing teenager was found in the man’s bedroom under the hood

Police in Kentucky found a missing 16-year-old North Carolina girl under a cover in a 34-year-old man’s bedroom after the man’s mother called authorities to report a domestic dispute between the two

STANFORD, Ky. — Police in Kentucky found a missing 16-year-old North Carolina girl under a cover in a 34-year-old man’s bedroom after the man’s mother called authorities to report a domestic dispute between the two, according to arrest reports .

Deputies later determined she had been reported missing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Dec. 6.

The girl told deputies that Jones picked her up after contacting her several weeks earlier and that he initially told her he was 19. When they met and she asked why he looked older, he told her, that she was 25, but she found out after getting home and meeting her family that she was 34, reports said. She said he threatened her and told her to tell people she was 18.

She told officers he had a gun and threatened to kill her several times, and that on the day they were found, they were using drugs and he choked and assaulted her, arrest reports said.

Jones was initially taken into custody because he tried to destroy drug paraphernalia that officers found in the home while searching for the girl, reports said.

Jones admitted to using drugs with her and arguing, but denied choking her, a report said. Scars were visible on her throat, he said. Jones and the girl said they had sex repeatedly, and Jones admitted to luring her by using an electronic device and picking her up from her grandmother’s home in North Carolina, reports said.

He was charged with multiple felonies, including third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, assault, strangulation, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful transaction with a minor.

It wasn’t clear if Jones had an attorney, but he told WKYT-TV from jail that the girl looked older and he was trying to help her when he was driven to North Carolina to pick her up.

“Her grandmother kicked her out. She didn’t look that age (16). She had all kinds of piercings,” Jones said.

He also said he did not hide her when police began searching his home.

“She went into hiding of her own accord. She was actually in bed when the officers first came in,” Jones said.

The girl’s grandfather, Eugene Baughman, told the station that she ran away from her grandmother’s home and they reported her missing after losing contact with her.

Bowman said he doesn’t think Jones was trying to help the teenager.

“I don’t think he was saving anyone. I think he was trying to find another person to victimize,” Baughman said.

Jones’ mother told WRAL-TV in North Carolina that she believes the girl is of legal age.

“I asked him how old she was. He said, ‘She’s 19.’ So I took that as true,” Rhona Jones told the station. “I believed him because a lot of girls looked older than they were.”

She also said the girl did not appear to be being held against her will.

“To me, she volunteered to come with him,” Rhonda Jones said. “I just feel like they probably talked. I don’t know how long he wrote to her. From what the cops said, she was unhappy where she was and felt like she was being taken care of and came with him.

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