The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is still working on solving the 2007 murder of Mission resident Timothy Vernon Jones.
May 10 would’ve been Jones’ 35th birthday, but instead of a celebration, Jones’ family and friends are instead remembering him and the events that lead to his death six years ago in Mission.
Jones was shot to death outside his Murray Street home on the afternoon of Feb. 25, 2007, just before 3 p.m. Jones was living beside a “known gang associate” at the time, according to police, who believe Jone’s murder was the result of mistaken identity.
Information received at the time indicate Jones was helping two women just outside his home. He was looking under the hood of their blue Honda Civic. As the girls drove away, a dark-coloured SUV pulled up just south of Jone’s home and backed up. Jones walked toward the vehicle and stopped at the passenger side window to talk to the occupants when he was shot in the head.
Jones was an innocent victim with no criminal record or associations to gangs, said police.
“Homicide investigations are not a race to the finish line,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound. “In several of the cases we investigate we will see charges and convictions occur many years after the homicide. What we need is that one bit of information that leads us to the person(s) responsible.”
Details surrounding a homicide are not easily forgotten, she added. “Somebody has the information investigators require to move forward and we want to speak to those individuals.”
Anyone with information about this is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, if you want to remain anonymous.