Floyd County police got a piece of the puzzle confirmed Saturday in the investigation into a body found in a wooded area near Kingston Highway.
Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson said in a statement his office was notified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that the body is that of Ashley Nycole Jones.
“The biggest hurdle to get over was the identification of the body,” said Sgt. Chris Fincher. “I think this will provide a moment of closure for the family to have this confirmed.”
Jones, 24, went missing Feb. 5 at a Canard Road address, off Kingston Highway. Her body was found by a hiker on March 27 about 200 yards off Everwood Court — walking distance from where she was seen last.
Fincher said the investigation into Jones’ death is still open, pending the full autopsy report from the GBI crime lab. Henderson said the cause and manner of death won’t be known until the results of toxicology and other tests are in.
“We understand it’s not an intentional delay, but that can take a while,” Fincher said. “The state stays busy and there are so many things to look at. The medical examiner needs to be sure it’s done correctly.”
Jones’ mother said soon after the remains were found that she was able to determine the body was that of her daughter due to her tattoos. Police waited on word from the GBI crime lab before officially announcing the identity.
Henderson said identification was made through dental records from a local oral and facial surgery practice after Jones’ family provided information about her.