Man tells where to find body near Ennis
By 08/02/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
ENNIS - An alleged boyfriend was charged with homicide after revealing the location of the decomposing body of a Tyler woman hidden near the Ennis Motorplex.
Jerry Thomas Goad, 56, of Garland told law enforcement officials where to find the remains of Stacey Bonner Jones, 27, after he was arrested Sunday night in Dallas while driving the dead woman's car.
As a result, Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies located the woman's body Monday near an abandoned farmhouse north of U.S. Hwy. 287 on Moseley Road, according to Sgt. Jeremy Osteen. Jones, the mother of a five-year-old daughter, was covered with a piece of tin and tree limbs behind an out building.
Investigators believe Goad kidnapped Jones in Smith County, killed her in Henderson County and hid the body in Ellis County before being apprehended in Dallas County, according to reports. Jones apparently was shot, according to Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Sue Schmidt, but the cause of death has yet to be determined.
Goad was stopped Sunday for driving too slow, going 40 mph in a 60-mph zone on the Central Expressway by Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police. A search reportedly found a loaded 30.06-caliber, pump-action rifle and a loaded .22-caliber revolver in the white Dodge Neon.
Goad, who initially was arrested on a felony charge of weapons possession, also had eight Texas driver licenses in his pocket, according to authorities.
Officers at the scene of the arrest noticed the front and rear license plates didn't match. A check linked one plate to the missing person report on the Tyler woman, bringing in the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
When Goad's statements led investigators to believe Jones was killed near Brownsboro, Henderson County took charge of the case as the site of the homicide. Although not confirming Goad confessed, lead investigator Ray Nutt of the Henderson County District Attorney's Office said, 'He led us to the body.'
Police reportedly noticed an offensive odor coming from the car, and investigators believe Jones was killed in the vehicle. Nutt said Goad reportedly killed Jones on Thursday, July 19 and kept the body in the car for two days before hiding it.
A roommate reported Jones missing July 20 from their home southwest of Tyler. Jones reportedly had known Goad for several months.