A 62-year-old man got on a bus in South Carolina and traveled to western Jefferson County, Alabama, in March to confess to killing his girlfriend 21 years ago.
Brian Edward Jones called Bessemer police when he got to Birmingham and told them that in February 2001, he killed his girlfriend, stuffed her body in a suitcase and then dumped it in a wooded area nearby. Jones claimed he had killed his girlfriend, Janet Jones Luxford, accidentally after getting into a fight with her in a nearby motel.
Luxford, who was last seen alive in 2001, has been listed on multiple missing persons databases ever since.. Her daughter called the Napa Police Department in 2002 to report her missing from her Jacksonville, Florida home.
Jones was charged with murder and abuse of a corpse following his confession and was booked into Jefferson County Jail in late March.
Lt. Christian Clemons said that Bessemer police had no idea that the murder had taken place. “We were in disbelief that somebody had come to us to confess to a murder much less than one that is 21 years old,” Clemons stated, “We consider a once-in-a career type case.”
Jones told investigators that he would have come forward sooner, “but did not want to disappoint his parents.” “He seemed enormously remorseful, and appeared to be someone who had been carrying weight of this around for a long time and was relieved to have it over.”
Investigators did not release information about the arrest until Luxford’s next of kin could be informed. Although her body has not been officially identified, Jones led investigators to skeletal remains in the general area where he dumped her body in 2001.