Hattiesburg woman's family searching for her killer

Ebony Jenkins
Ebony Jenkins

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The family of Ebony Jenkins is mourning the loss of their youngest daughter.

The Hattiesburg Police Department questioned people all day Monday, but no arrests have been made.

On Monday, Ebony's mother Regina said, "Ebony had a tattoo with her momma name on one side of her neck and her daddy name on the other side. She had dreadlocks. She was Ebony."

Jenkins' body was found in a wooded area on West 7th Street in Hattiesburg Friday morning. Her parents say they last spoke with her Wednesday. The mystery behind Ebony's disappearance started on Thursday when she failed to show up for work at Kohler in Hattiesburg.

Ebony's mother said, "I said let me find out where she could be. I made a call to Hattiesburg to my niece who stays here. I asked her to go to her apartment because Ebony wasn't at work. She said she went there, and her door was unlocked; she just walked in. The TV was on, clothes on the bed - what she had on from work. She came back out and called me and said Aunt Regina passed by her car on 4th Street."

Her family says her car was spotted in front of Fat Boys Tobacco Shop on 4th Street, a block away from where her body would later be found on Friday morning. What happened in her apartment at Lamar Villa in Lamar County on Wednesday after 10 p.m. is unknown.

Her family says the last time Ebony was seen was when she took a male friend to the store. But her family says she left her apartment unlocked, her TV on, and her wallet at home.

According to family members, neighbors also overheard a conversation, a commotion, and saw an unknown Ford F-150 at her apartment that night.

Her mother is now pleading with the killer or killers.

"You were coward enough to shoot her in the back, come on and be brave enough to come forward and show yourself. You will have no rest you have torn my heart."

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