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Husband speaks out about missing Germantown teacher

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Christopher Jones is representing himself and trying to clear his name. He's not implicated, and police say this is a missing person's investigation. But Christopher Jones says he was the last person to see his estranged wife, Heather Palumbo-Jones, and has been ordered by a judge to undergo a mental evaluation. 

He says he learned of her disappearance when a police report was filed by someone else.

"I want nothing more than for those children to have a mother and it kills me to think they may grow up without having both parents," he said.

Christopher Jones says he's focused on finding his estranged wife. 

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The Germantown mother and teacher was reported missing last Tuesday, April 16, after she didn't show up at work. While police say they have no active leads, Christopher Jones says he's knows some people won't hesitate to point the finger at him.

FOX13 News asked him: "You look at the circumstances, you're going through a divorce, last to see her, you know what it looks like."

"Presentation of facts, with omission of other facts are, we spoke on a daily basis … the fact she was stating to others she was afraid wasn't evident in her actions," he said. 

FOX13 News asked Deputy Chief Rodney Bright from Germantown Police Department if he suspects any foul play.

"There's nothing really pointing us in any direction right now," Deputy Chief Bright said. "She's still listed as a missing person." 

The deputy chief said this missing person's case is unusual, based on the length of Palumbo-Jones' disappearance, missing personal items and her car left behind.

"Maybe somebody saw something, or whatever that may be, we really need some help from the public," Deputy Chief Bright said.

Christopher Jones says he last met with Palumbo-Jones late Monday night, April 15, hours before she was reported missing. He says he learned about an affair she was having, then brought it to her attention while they were drinking.

"It ended with her in a state of despair," Christopher Jones said.

Christopher Jones, who said he left around 11:15 p.m. April 15, added that Palumbo-Jones contacted him to pick up their daughter. When he arrived at her home at 1 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, he found the door unlocked and his daughter alone.

While he says attempts to reach his estranged wife failed, Christopher Jones says he didn't call police because he suspected it was part of what he says were Palumbo-Jones' ongoing "mind games" throughout their divorce proceedings.  

"… (C)ompletely innocent in Heather's disappearance. I want nothing more than reconciliation," said Christopher Jones.

Despite their ongoing divorce case, Christopher Jones describes their relationship as very amicable. He said she filed for divorce and says money was the motive. He says they've been married for nine years and have two children together, ages 7 and 8.

Germantown Police said alumbo-Jones threatened to file a restraining order against her husband but it appears she never followed through with it. They say there's no record of calls from the home related to domestic violence.

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