The mother of Ashley Nycole Jones knows her daughter is dead.
Floyd County police have made no official identification of human remains found Friday off Kingston Highway, though they strongly suspect the body belongs to the 24-year-old mother of three.
Ashley’s mother, Cyndi Jones, has no doubts.
“They’ve identified her through some tattoos,” Cyndi Jones said. “That is my daughter.”
Ashley Jones was last seen about 4:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at a Canard Road address, off Kingston Highway. Police said she wore a lip ring and her feet were bleeding because she had walked on broken glass.
A hiker found the remains about 1 p.m. Friday some 200 yards off Everwood Court — walking distance from where Ashley Jones was seen last.
“Even if you wanted to hate her, you couldn’t,” Cyndi Jones said, sobbing as she spoke. “She was just so loving and funny. If I’d had a bad day, she’d go out of her way to make me laugh.
“She liked to dance and sing with her girls,” she added. “It was her mission in life to make them smile.”
Ashley and her mother also enjoyed fishing together. Both would travel to fishing holes in nearby counties.
“She was my daughter and my best friend,” Cyndi Jones said. “I had her so early. I guess you could say we grew up together.”
Ashley Jones was born in Cobb County. She and her mother shortly afterward moved to Floyd County, where Ashley attended Model Middle School.
Ashley quit high school, but later gained her GED. She had three daughters, now staying with Cyndi Jones. Ashley also had her own home-cleaning business.
Funeral arrangements are pending today’s autopsy of the remains at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab. Cyndi Jones said she intends to have her daughter’s remains cremated. She’ll keep the ashes until Ashley’s children come of age.
“She did not want to be in the earth,” Cyndi Jones said, “and I’m not making her.”