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For Immediate Release

December 09, 2021 Matthew S. Davis, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Virginia - Abingdon (276) 628-7940;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Up Reward for Major Case Fugitive
$15,000 reward offered for VA man charged with ex-wife’s murder

Abingdon, VA Eric Monroe JonesThe U.S. Marshals are now offering up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of a major fugitive charged with killing his ex-wife five years ago.

Eric Monroe Jones, 48, is charged with killing Janina Jefferson Nov. 28, 2016, at the Appalachia water plant where she worked as an operator.

Immediately after Jefferson’s body was discovered, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) identified Jones as a suspect and began looking for him. Jones was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and use of a firearm during the commission of first-degree murder.

In April 2017, the U.S. Marshals began working the case with the WCSO and upgraded it to major status, due to the time Jones had been on the run.

Eric Monroe JonesJones is a black male with brown eyes and black hair. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds.

Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-WANTED2, submit a tip to USMS Tips or call 911 if the information is urgent in nature and a safety issue.

With a long history of providing assistance and expertise to other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in support of their fugitive investigations, the USMS leads eight Congressionally-funded regional fugitive task forces.

The mission of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Force (CARFTF) is to locate and apprehend the most violent and dangerous fugitives throughout the Washington metropolitan area. With offices in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland, the CARFTF has developed, and will continue to develop, relationships with numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in order to help ensure the safety of the citizens of our nation's capital and surrounding areas.

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