Man's arrest could crack case of stepson's disappearance

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:23 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say the stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego 14 years ago has been arrested in North Carolina and faces a murder charge.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says that Tieray D. Jones was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals and Raleigh Police Department officers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a small town about 50 miles east of Raleigh. California officials plan to request the 37-year-old man be extradited to the state to face charges of murder and felony child abuse causing death.

Jones wasn't able to be reached for comment. It was unclear Monday if he has an attorney.

The disappearance of Jahi Turner on April 25, 2002, shook the city, coming only months after the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home. Police searched for the boy for weeks, combing parks and a landfill. His body has never been found.