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    Apr 27, 2004

    Jacksonville Mother, 10-Month-Old Son Still Missing
    The Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police were searching a wooded area in northern Jacksonville for a missing woman and her 10-month-old baby, Sheriff John Rutherford said Tuesday.
    Lynda Jean Wilkes, and her son, Jay-Quan Mosley, disappeared Thursday.

    Rutherford said 70 people, including members of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT team and the mounted unit, were searching a large wooded area across the road from the JCPenny store, where Wilkes was last seen.

    A missing child alert has been issued through the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, the sheriff said.

    On Monday, police questioned the father, John Mosley, 30. He told detectives he met with the 40-year-old mother Thursday, but she left after their talk.

    Police have said Mosley is not a suspect in the woman's disappearance.

    In calls to several news organizations Monday, Mosley said he was at work at the time the woman and child were said to have disappeared.

    Mosley, who is married to another woman, said he has no reason to harm Wilkes and has no idea where she is. He also questioned whether he is the child's father.

    "He was the last person to have contact with Wilkes within an hour of her disappearance," said Lt. Susan Bowen of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

    Wilkes, 40, was last seen about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, when she left home to go to a department store with her son to meet Mosley.

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    Police to examine car of mother missing 5 days


    Searchers comb woods for clues in pair's disappearance.


    By DANA TREEN
    The Times-Union
    Five days after a 40-year-old Jacksonville mother and her 10-month-old son disappeared, police stepped up a search and said they would examine the car she was driving for evidence.

    About 70 police including SWAT and mounted patrol units Tuesday searched the Dunn Avenue and Dobson Drive areas where Lynda Jean Wilkes met John Mosley, the last person known to see Wilkes and her son, Jay-Quan Mosley.


    Police search woods north of Dunn Avenue near Wingate Road for Lynda Wilkes, missing with her 10-month-old son, Jay-Quan Mosely, since Thursday. Searchers led by SWAT officers walk out of the search area.
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    Police have interviewed Mosley, 39, but do not consider him a suspect in the disappearance.

    "He is not a suspect at this time," Sheriff John Rutherford said Tuesday. "There is no suspect at this time."

    Lt. Susan Bowen, who supervises the Sheriff's Office missing persons unit, said nothing was discovered during Tuesday's search. She said police will continue to search large, wooded areas with easy access near the parking lot where Wilkes' car was found.

    Today, the search will resume in a different area, which has not been disclosed, Bowen said.

    Rutherford said police had not yet processed the red Ford Escort Wilkes drove to the JC Penney store where she was to meet Mosley. Family members found the abandoned car in the parking lot of the store.

    Processing was not done when police first saw the car Thursday because there was no reason to believe a crime had been committed or that evidence from the car should be collected, Rutherford said. Wilkes also was not considered missing then, he said.

    "At that time there was no sign of violence around the vehicle," he said. "I do not think that officers have handled that improperly."


    Wilkes


    The car was released to family members, who have been driving it. They said they offered the car to the police Thursday but were told it was not needed, said Brian Stamper, Wilkes' son-in-law.

    "We specifically asked them if they wanted to search the car," Stamper said. "They said, 'Take it.'"

    Stamper said the family found the car in the department store parking lot about 10 p.m. Thursday, seven hours after Wilkes was to pick other children up from school.

    "They dropped the ball on this," Stamper said.

    Missing persons Sgt. Allen Eason said police were to get the car Tuesday and that the type of forensic evidence they needed would still be in the vehicle. He would not identify the type of evidence.

    Stamper said the disappearance of Wilkes was out of character. He said a car seat for the baby was found in the unlocked car.


    Jay-Quan


    "She never leaves her door unlocked," he said. "She never takes the baby [driving] without the baby seat."

    Rutherford said police have also issued an alert for Jay-Quan through the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement program to assist in locating children.

    On Monday, Mosley told the Times-Union he received a call from Wilkes to meet for lunch. He said the two drove to a house where Wilkes wanted to live. Wilkes' family members said Mosley was the father of the boy.

    Last month, Circuit Judge A.C. Soud ordered Mosley to begin paying $40 a week in child support. Mosley had challenged his paternity of the child, according to court records.

    Another hearing in the child support case is scheduled Monday.

    Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500 or First Coast Crimestoppers at (866) 845-8477.

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The body of a missing mother was found in a remote wooded area, officials said, and experts will search a landfill for the remains of her 10-month-old son.
    Lynda Jean Wilkes, 40, and her baby, Jay-Quan Mosley, were last seen April 22, when they met with a man about child support payments.

    Wilkes' body was discovered Friday on hunting club property about 55 miles southwest of their Jacksonville home. The Duval County medical examiner identified they body, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said late Sunday. Wilkes had four other children.

    Based on the confirmation of Wilkes' identity, "we have reason to believe that Jay-Quan Mosley has been murdered," Rutherford said.

    An informant told detectives the boy's body was in a landfill and Rutherford said an expert in landfill searches has been called to help.

    Meanwhile, the man whom Wilkes was scheduled to meet the day she disappeared remained jailed on an unrelated sex charge.

    Duval County Judge Brent Shore set bail at $100,000 for John Mosley Jr., 39. An attorney has been appointed to represent Mosley, who authorities have questioned about the disappearance.

    A court had ordered Mosley to pay child support to Wilkes for the boy, but he denied being the father.

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    Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com



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