Police: Murder Victim’s Body May Be In North Escambia Area; Suspect Arrested

September 16, 2021

The Pensacola Police Department believes the body of a murder victim may be somewhere in the North Escambia area, and they are asking for information from anyone that may have seen the suspect’s vehicle .

On Sunday, September 12, Latonya Antionette Baxter, 40, of the 100 block of Warwick Avenue in Pensacola was reported as missing to Pensacola Police by her daughter. Baxter had been missing for two days. Investigators looked around Baxter’s home, who she shared with her daughter and a roommate, 38-year old Giles Curt Jones. Investigators located blood in Baxter’s bedroom and other locations on the property, as well as in a vehicle belonging to Jones.

Investigators were able to obtain a cell phone that belongs to Jones, and on that phone was a photograph of Baxter, who was deceased with obvious signs of trauma. That photograph was taken at 1:54 pm on Saturday, September 11, and likely taken somewhere in the North Escambia area.

The vehicle belonging to Jones was confirmed to be northbound on Highway 29 at Highway 4 in Century around noon Saturday, and the vehicle passed the same location southbound about 3 p.m. The vehicle was a gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with Florida tag #45BAFU.

The body has not been located, and Pensacola Police spokesman Mike Wood told NorthEscambia.com that authorities believe the body may be somewhere in the Century area or just across the state line in Alabama.

Jones was arrested late Wednesday afternoon at the Pensacola Greyhound bus station and charged with premeditated first degree murder, which is capital felony.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pensacola Police Department at (850) 435-1901 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.


17 Responses to “Police: Murder Victim’s Body May Be In North Escambia Area; Suspect Arrested”

  1. SueB on September 18th, 2021 10:01 am

    Should have coherced him better so he would have told the deputies where to find the poor woman vs let him lawyer up.

  2. Jr on September 17th, 2021 6:40 am

    First of all, big prayers to the family of this young lady. @Bmrklean, I hope ESCO is watching this page as your “tip” is a concern that should be checked out being he could have travelled that area…good tip. Also, he could have just been on a “ride” to figure things out. The article doesn’t specify if the picture was taken where the body was taken or if it was at the scene of the murder. Her body could be anywhere. Hopefully he will come clean and tell where she is for closure for the family…prayers to everyone.

  3. Ratt on September 17th, 2021 6:01 am

    Perdido land fill smells like Dead people.. just saying.

  4. Bmrklean on September 16th, 2021 11:11 pm

    I was on highway four today. I was on my home from Tedder Road, going toward Bratt. Along the south side of the road was a lot of vultures. Maybe check between Tedder Road and hyw 99.

  5. Abbie Elliottcooley on September 16th, 2021 11:11 am

    I would be happy to help find her

  6. np630ss on September 16th, 2021 10:02 am

    As high as the water has been on the Little Escambia River, I bet he tossed the body off the bridge on Hwy 4.

  7. Vanessa on September 16th, 2021 9:34 am

    Praying for her family and daughter especially! I also pray that this suck mf tells where he has her body. She did not deserve this, she was the most sweet caring person. All staff and residents will miss you at work Latonya. RIP

  8. Shaun on September 16th, 2021 8:25 am

    I will be glad to donate my time to help search and try to bring this woman home and laid to rest :( . Praying for the family and praying she will be found.

  9. Shay on September 16th, 2021 8:21 am

    What a creep to actually take a photo of the poor woman’s dead body. I can’t imagine the pain her daughter is feeling, so sorry for her.

  10. bobk on September 16th, 2021 6:15 am

    congrats. you made the only viable comment. good thinking.

  11. 429SCJ on September 16th, 2021 5:48 am

    I agree with bewildered.

  12. Bewildered on September 16th, 2021 1:07 am

    Block out the body and publish the picture. A Hunter or someone very familiar with the area might recognize a tree, row of shrubs, etc.

  13. Dave on September 15th, 2021 8:55 pm

    Jon, I think you have to have location turned on for the picture to have location data. I think they would check that since they have a picture.

  14. Brilliant on September 15th, 2021 8:53 pm

    Wow Jon,Great work. I’m sure the investigators haven’t thought of that.

  15. Wow on September 15th, 2021 8:43 pm

    The police should very easily be able to scrape the exif-data off the phone and find the location that it was taken at. The crime rate has sky rocketed in the last year, prayers to the family and their loved ones. Folks get ready, the tribulations are right around the corner.

  16. Jon on September 15th, 2021 8:03 pm

    If the photo was taken on a iPhone you can see the location it was taken at I’m pretty sure

  17. Tamya on September 15th, 2021 6:49 pm

    My prayers go out to her family.

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