Student allegedly posted roommate’s ‘missing’ flyer on Instagram before being charged with her murder
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Jordyn Jones, 21, allegedly posted the missing flyer of her roommate and friend–who was missing at the time–on Instagram. Jones is now one of the two suspects in her murder.
Alexis Crawford, 21, a student at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, went missing on Oct. 30. At the time, Jones, also a student at the university, said the last time she saw Crawford was that night during a trip to the liquor store and then back at their apartment.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a press conference Friday that one of the suspects–Jones or her boyfriend Barron Brantley, 21–led police to Crawford’s body in a DeKalb County park.
Crawford’s cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation by a medical examiner, according to a police statement on Saturday.
Jones was arrested and charged with Crawford’s murder that day, according to BuzzFeed News. Brantley was arrested and charged with murder on Friday night.
According to Fulton County jail records, Brantley has prior arrests, including for battery, cruelty to children, robbery, and reckless driving.
Police have not yet announced an official motive for the murder. According to Shields, Jones filed a sexual assault report against Brantley for “unwanted kissing and touching” on Oct. 27–three days before her disappearance–with the police department.
Before Jones’ body was found, Jones allegedly posted about her disappearance on Instagram.
Michael Seiden, a reporter for WSBTV, tweeted that a police source sent him a screenshot of one of Jones’ Instagram stories. In the story, Jones wrote that “this is obviously a very difficult time for me right now and I just feel helpless… my heart is really hurting rn.”
“The fact that y’all are telling everybody to blow my DMs up is beyond childish… how bout y’all put that same energy … into finding my friend,” Jones allegedly wrote.
Another screenshot is making its rounds on Twitter, showing Jones’ Instagram page. Jones appeared to have posted Crawford’s missing flyer on her account.
Jones’ Instagram account has been set to private.
A police source just sent me this screen grab of an IG story; itspeaks for itself . Hours later, police charged Jordyn Jones and Barron Brantley for their roles in the murder of Alexis Crawford. pic.twitter.com/DMBU33twls— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) November 9, 2019
this is Alexis Crawford's roomate. the one who confessed to the location of her body. the one who posted awareness photos of Alexis's disappearance. the one who shared a living space with Alexis. this world is so cold it doesn't make sense. pic.twitter.com/DE8zYJc4jN— DAIZAH (@ddaizahh) November 8, 2019
a true clown. pic.twitter.com/BJtbtEWt9k— DAIZAH (@ddaizahh) November 9, 2019
I can’t wait to see Jordyn Jones (circled) plead her pathetic case from prison while watching Alexis Crawford’s documentary in a few years. She really murdered that girl then had the nerve to post her missing flyer all over Instagram. SICKENING https://t.co/jN5uR0lLFh— Demetria Chavon (@DemetriaLesterC) November 9, 2019
Crawford and Jones were reportedly “two peas in a pod,” and Jones had even spent the holidays at Crawford’s home with her family.
Since news broke of Jones’ alleged involvement, people have expressed their anger on social media, especially on Jones’ Twitter account, which is still public–and, even more so on Jones’ pinned tweet, which was written on her 21st birthday in 2018.
Everything that’s coming your way you deserve it goofy— Taylor✨ (@taydanielle__) November 8, 2019
Your next 25-30 birthdays hopefully— Ms.⭕️ctober (@OohMy1019) November 9, 2019
It’s sad that you’ll be spending the rest of your birthdays in prison.— Charlize🇩🇴 (@charli2e) November 8, 2019
wish alexis crawford could celebrate her 22nd birthday. have fun in prison 😘— dani☀️| loki’s theme song slaps (@thesiIvertongue) November 9, 2019
Similar comments are being posted to Brantley’s Instagram account.
A vigil was held for Crawford on Sunday.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque