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Police offer reward in unsolved Valdosta murder

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Police in Valdosta are offering a reward a two and half year old murder cold case. 43 -year old Milton Jones was brutally murdered in a park in September 2008.

Now family and friends are hoping the reward will lead police to the person responsible for his death.

A passerby found 43-year old Milton Jones barely alive in Payton Park on a Sunday night in September 2008. He had gun shot and knife wounds. He died later at the hospital.

"No one gives birth to a child and thinks their child is going to be murdered. His mom is gone and his dad is still here," said Cheryl Jones Peeler. "They have to live with it."

Peeler says Jones was her brother in law.

"He was a jokester, lots of fun, a dad, a brother, a son," said Peeler.

Jones had four kids. Peeler described him as person who enjoyed life and strived for success.

"He loved cars he loved working on car repairing cars," said Peeler. "He started a business doing so."

 Now police are offering a reward for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Jones' killer.

"We do have leads in that case we do have some indiviudals we're looking at but we need help from the public," said Valdosta Commander Brian Childress.

The VPD's cold case unit actively investigates these unsolved murder cases. .

"If someone who thinks they committed murder and thinks they can get away with it you're dead wrong," said Cmdr. Childress.

Cmdr. Childress says there's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. He tells his detectives solving homicides is the highest priority so family's can have closure and murder suspects can got to jail.

Milton Jones was seen driving a white 1995 Dodge Ram Pick up Truck the night he was murdered September 28, 2008. Police say the reward amount depends on how specific the information is and how much the information helps the investigation. If you have information call Police at 229-293-3116.

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