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  • Writer's pictureSarah Turney

Janina Jefferson

Today I am discussing the case of 38-year-old Janina Jefferson. Janina was shot and killed at her place of work on November 27th, 2016, in Appalachia, Virginia. Authorities believe they know exactly who killed Janina, her ex-husband, Eric Jones, but he’s been on the run for over 5 years as of recording this episode and is still wanted by the US Marshals Service.

Eric Monroe Jones would now be in his 50’s. He is an African American male with a muscular build that weighs approximately 175 lbs. and is 5ft 7 tall. His hair is black and typically clean shaven, and he has brown eyes. He is known to drink beer and use drugs. He loves the Walking dead, is very charismatic and is known to discuss growing up in a very religious family. The police believe that he is most likely dating someone else now, So if you have a new boyfriend that matches this description, please at least google the name Eric Jones. He could also be using the name Eric Humphrey or Easy E.

Federal investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Eric Jones. So, if you do have any information about this guy, there is plenty of incentive to come forward. However, if you see Eric Jones, do not approach him as he is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.

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Posters for sharing:


“Murder in Appalachia.” In Pursuit with John Walsh, season 1, episode 11, Discovery Plus, 27 Mar. 2019.

Sorrell, Robert. “Brother Recalls Big Stone Gap Woman Year after Her Murder.”, 18 Apr. 2019,

Sorrell, Robert. “Search for Wise County Murder Suspect Continues Three Years Later.”, 27 Nov. 2019,

Soto, Justin. “Eric Jones Still on the Run 3 Years after Appalachia Water Plant Murder.” WJHL, WJHL | Tri-Cities News & Weather, 18 July 2019,

Staff, News Channel 11. “U.S. Marshals Offering $10K Reward for Appalachia Water Plant Murder Suspect Eric Jones.” WJHL, WJHL | Tri-Cities News & Weather, 26 Mar. 2019,

“The Thanksgiving Weekend Murder of Janina Jefferson & the Fugitive Who Remains at Large.” Investigation Discovery,

Wanted: Eric Jones, Charismatic Fugitive ... - Youtube.

Zach Irby | Bristol Herald Courier. “Arrest Made in Wise County, Virginia Murder Case.”, 17 Apr. 2019,


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