ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – A woman was discovered dead inside a burning home in Elizabeth City early Monday morning.
The fire department arrived on scene in the 600 block of Southern Avenue just after 5:30 a.m. and observed smoke coming from the back of a residence.
Crews made entry and found Javona Jones on the floor. She was pronounced dead.
The cause of the fire and Jones’ death remains under investigation.
Jones’ neighbor and friend Charles Felton is heartbroken.
“She’s my friend. She was so young she wasn’t into anything like that or into the streets, she was just taking care of her son, going to work, coming home. I don’t understand it,” he said.
Felton says Jones was the mother of a 10-year-old son and had just moved back to the area a few months ago.
He says while they found her body in the house fire, that’s not what family and friends are being told about how she died.
“She was stabbed,” he said.
He says family and friends aren’t sure if the fire was accidental or someone’s trying to cover up what happened.
Another woman who lives two houses down from where it happened tells 10 On Your Side a police officer who knocked on her door described Jones’ death as gruesome and asked if she saw anything.
When 10 On Your Side called police Tuesday morning, they wouldn’t say whether Jones’ death was suspicious or not.
They say right now they are in the early stages of the investigation and wouldn’t comment further.
However, as of Tuesday evening, police are still guarding the home and crime tape is taped all around the back unit.
“She was a wonderful person. She will be missed by a lot of people. She was always easy going, a helping hand. She was a beautiful person, she really was. I know all my surrounding friends are just out of it,” said Felton.
The Elizabeth City Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at (252) 335-4321 or the Crime Line at (252) 335-5555.
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