Crime

Clark County body identified as man in missing Northern Kentucky couple case

Craig Pennington, 52, is charged in the murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner.
Craig Pennington, 52, is charged in the murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner.

A body found Friday in Clark County has been identified as that of a man who, along with his girlfriend, has been missing since early July.

State police said dental records were used Monday to identify the body of Bobby Jones, 38. Additional testing is needed to determine the exact cause of death, state police said in a release.

The search continues for 35-year-old Crystal Warner, Jones’ girlfriend.

Craig Pennington, 52, was charged with two counts of murder July 8.

The Florence couple went missing July 3 after they went to Washington County to talk to Pennington, who rented a cabin outside Springfield from Jones.

A GoFundMe page set up for Jones’ family says the couple had been visiting family but stopped in Springfield because “the tenants who had been evicted for not paying rent for several months had not returned calls or been in contact with my brother in weeks at least. No one heard from them after stopping at that house.”

Jones’ decomposed body was found by people collecting aluminum cans for recycling alongside Goshen Road at the intersection with U.S. 60 near Winchester Friday afternoon. The location is near exit 101 just off Interstate 64.

The couple’s car was found off Interstate 75 in Scott County last month.

A Facebook page was created by friends and family in an effort to help find them.

Jones was the father of three boys. His Facebook page described him as a real estate investor who worked at Toyota Engineering.

Warner’s Facebook page says she was a production control specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

On Sunday, a post asked people living near I-64 east of Lexington and I-75 from south of Lexington to Berea to check their property and roadside embankments.

Pennington is being held in the Marion County Detention Center on charges of murder, robbery, kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking of an automobile and wanton endangerment. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 28, according to the jail website.

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