By Michael Davis
A Fulton County Schools teacher was found dead Monday inside her Stockbridge home, and police were calling her estranged husband a “person of interest.”
Natasha Monique Jones, 31, was found shortly after 9 a.m. after a family member asked police to check on her.
Police were treating the death as a homicide, and looking for her estranged husband, Changa Ola Jones, 34, who is also wanted in Henry County on a warrant for aggravated assault filed in September. Police said Natasha Jones was the victim in that case.
“Apparently authorities have made numerous attempts to pick him up, but he has eluded them thus far,” said Henry County Police Lt. Jason Bolton.
Natasha Jones' older sister, Nicole Watson, said she called police after she hadn't heard from her sister all morning. “That's how I knew something was wrong, because it was almost 8 o'clock and I hadn't heard from her,” she told reporters outside her sister's home.
Watson lives in the same subdivision, Brentwood Park, and the two spoke often on the telephone, she said. The subject of the couple's separation sometimes came up, and Watson said her sister was trying to get a divorce.
“She just wanted to start her life over and focus everything on her son,” Watson said. The couple's son, Niyo, is 8, she said.
The son is believed to have been home but not much is known about whether he heard anything. He told a relative he tried to open the bedroom door to his mom's room Monday morning but it was locked. He was being comforted and cared for by relatives Monday.
Natasha was being remembered at Creekside High School in Fairburn where she taught as part of a team in the school's special education department.
Principal Michael Robinson said she was part of a team of four he recruited from New Orleans in 2003. She taught in the school's inclusion program that mixes special education with mainstream students. As part of a two-person teaching team, she had about 120 students, Robinson said.
“We're shocked and we're devastated by this news,” he said.
He said a letter notifying parents would be sent home with students, and a crisis counseling team would be at the school all week to talk with faculty, staff and students.
Watson said the Joneses moved to Stockbridge about three years ago, at her request. She came here 10 years ago from New Orleans.
She said there was little loved lost between herself and her sister's husband, but the sisters were so close, they operated a tax preparation business together.
She said the couple separated last spring and Chango had returned to New Orleans, leaving behind their son, but returned with other family members during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation in September.
Monday, Watson pleaded for the man to turn himself in. “Even if you didn't have anything to do with it, be here for your son,” she said.
Police were not releasing a cause of death Monday pending autopsy results, said Henry Police's Bolton.
Police believe Jones to be traveling in a light-colored 2002 Toyota Avalon, with a Georgia tag number of ATQ 3180.