A trio of search warrants from the Germantown Police Department reveal the last hours of Frayser Elementary kindergarten teacher Heather Palumbo-Jones, who disappeared from her Germantown home April 16 and was found a week later in a thickly wood area in eastern Shelby County.
According to one search warrant, Ms. Palumbo-Jones' body was wrapped in an air mattress and bound with multi-colored nylon rope before it was dumped off Highway 64 Collierville-Arlington Road.
The search warrants, though, point out discrepancies in the statements given to police by Christopher Jones, the victim's estranged husband, who has been charged with second-degree murder. He confessed to Germantown Police detectives that he killed her.
READ: Heather Palumbo-Jones case search warrant 1: http://content.foxtvmedia.com/whbq/PalumboJonessearchwarrant1.PDF
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READ: Heather Palumbo-Jones case search warrant 3: http://content.foxtvmedia.com/whbq/PalumboJonessearchwarrant3.PDF
The search warrants detailed how the Germantown Police conducted their search into the 33-year-old's disappearance.
In the days after her disappearance, Christopher Jones told police he went over to his estranged wife's Poplar Avenue residence to discuss returning Christmas decorations, their impending divorce and custody for their two children. In a second interview with police he told detectives he wanted to confront Ms. Palumbo-Jones about an affair he said he discovered she was having.
During his talks with Germantown detectives, Christopher Jones said he and the victim talked and drank margaritas. But according to the search warrants obtained by FOX13 News through an open records request, detectives found no evidence inside the house or in the trash supporting the two drank margaritas, including the absence of margarita mixers or tequila bottles.
A property search by Germantown police cadaver dogs at Palumbo-Jones' residence also detected positive alerts for human decomposition in the kitchen, second bathroom and an outdoor shed. During an interview at the Germantown Police with Christopher Jones, cadaver dogs also picked up a strong scent of human decomposition inside his 1996 Geo Prism.
The court documents point to the ongoing divorce between the couple as a contributing factor in Ms. Palumbo-Jones' disappearance and death.
Christopher Jones, who has not entered a plea, has been ordered to undergo a mental examination. He remains in the Shelby County jail on a $1 million bond. The case has been continued in Germantown Municipal Court until June 12.
MORE: Judge orders mental evaluation for murder suspect: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/22136374/judge-orders-mental-evaluation-for-murder-suspect
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