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Christopher Jones was in custody Wednesday morning and the body of his wife Heather Palumbo-Jones had been found in East Shelby County, according to sources.
Germantown Deputy Police Chief Rodney Bright declined comment on any specifics on the case, including whether Jones was in custody or charged. However, he did say the there are “new developments in the missing person case of Heather Palumbo-Jones.”
Jones reportedly was in police custody, however.
The city sent out a press release Wednesday morning, announcing the new development and "The department anticipates being able to provide an official statement later in the day."
Details regarding Jones’ arrest were sketchy as were the discovery of his wife’s body. A group of her friends, several of them teary-eyed showed up at police headquarters Wednesday morning.
Palumbo-Jones was reported missing April 16 when she failed to report for work at Frayser Achievement Elementary.
According to police, the 33-year-old teacher at Frayser Elementary had not made contact with family, friends or co-workers since about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Her house was found secure and her car was in the driveway. Her cellphone, purse and keys apparently are missing, police said.
Police searched ponds in the suburban area over the weekend, but didn't find anything.
The Palumbo-Jones and her estranged husband, Chris Jones, were married on Aug. 7, 2004. They have two children, an 8-year-old boy and a girl, who turned 7 last Sunday.
Court records indicate that the marriage had been tempestuous of late. They separated on Jan. 4, and she moved out, then got an order of protection against him earlier this year. The order was dismissed at a hearing on Jan. 16 when she did not show.
Two days earlier, on Jan. 14, Palumbo-Jones filed for divorce against her husband. And on March 1, Chris Jones filed for a divorce from his wife.
The couple lived in the Westminster Apartments about a half-mile west of the residence on Poplar Avenue.
According to court documents, the husband’s attorney, William Jones, withdrew from the case because Chris Jones sent a letter to his wife impersonating his lawyer. Her attorney, William Bruce, said that Chris was able-bodied but “willfully underemployed.” Bruce also asked that the husband’s divorce petition be dismissed since she had already filed.
In his divorce petition, Chris Jones, who is a pizza delivery driver, asked that the court make his wife pay child support as well as medical care.