Police: Murder Victim’s Body Is Not Under Highway 29 Bridge

September 22, 2021

Authorities have ruled out the underside of a bridge on the state line as the location of the body of a Pensacola murder victim.

Law enforcement and NorthEscambia.com received numerous tips about a putrid smell coming from under the Highway 29 bridge between Century and Flomaton. About a half dozen railroad tracks are under the bridge, headed into a CSX rail yard that sits just inside Alabama.

The smell led members of the public to believe that an accused murderer may have dumped the body of 40-year old Latonya Antionette Baxter under the bridge.

Authorities tell us the area has been checked, and the smell is actually a product recently sprayed on railroad ties to preserve them. NorthEscambia.com reached out to CSX late Tuesday afternoon for more information, but did not immediately hear back.

Pensacola Police Department investigators believe Baxter was murdered by her roommate, 38-year old Giles Curt Jones, who dumped her body somewhere in the Century area on September 11. His gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with Florida tag #45BAFU was spotted on camera headed north at 12:19 p.m. before returning south at 3:09 p.m. During that time, police say he took a photo on his phone of an obviously deceased Baxter.

Jones has been charged with first degree murder.

Monday and Tuesday, multiple agencies were acting on a tip as they searched an area on Highway 168 near Bratt, not far from Northview High School, for the body. Northing was found.


Pictured top: A CSX train in a rail yard in Flomaton, along the Alabama-Florida state line. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Police: Murder Victim’s Body Is Not Under Highway 29 Bridge”

  1. James on September 24th, 2021 4:31 pm

    Most smart phone users never disable geotagging in their photo app, so there’s a very good chance that within the metadata of the photo he took of the deceased, there are GPS Coordinates. Odds are the body is within a short trek of that location.

  2. Jackson on September 23rd, 2021 5:52 am

    If the man drove past the same camera in a 3 hour period. I think he drove an hour away, that’s 1:19pm. Cleaned his car and dumped the body. Picture at 1:54pm. He was seen again at the first camera another hour later. 3:09pm. She has to be in Alabama. He is from SC. If he didn’t use gps, he took that same route like he was going back home because it was familiar to him. I hope the police checked his gps on his phone too.

  3. NavyDave on September 22nd, 2021 3:10 pm

    @ William Lingo: the word you’re looking for is “torture”, and I never advocated for that. Skilled interrogators have many ways to elicit information without causing any physical harm.

  4. HebrewHammer on September 22nd, 2021 3:09 pm

    A torcher is one who uses a torch. They meant torture.

  5. Greg on September 22nd, 2021 2:59 pm

    @ William Lingo.

    What’s torcher?

  6. Chris on September 22nd, 2021 1:19 pm

    @ William Lingo: I don’t think they wanted to burn him, just maybe beat him up a bit to get some answers.

  7. William Lingo on September 22nd, 2021 12:59 pm

    @NavyDave Torcher is never the answer, innocent people have admitted to committing crimes under torcher, but there are other ways to get him to talk.

  8. J.S on September 22nd, 2021 12:11 pm

    People just incase ysll don’t know….the cops are really not stupid…JUST SAYING

  9. NavyDave on September 22nd, 2021 8:54 am

    While I understand and respect the fifth amendment rights of the accused, in times like these I really wish we could turn some military-grade interrogators loose on this guy.

  10. Former century resident on September 22nd, 2021 6:03 am

    I hope they’re checking water too, so many creeks and lakes in that area. Not to mention ease of access to the river. This is absolutely devastating that this is still going on.

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