Six months after boy goes missing in creek, mother shares family's good news

"We just kind of said it was a blessing from God and he knows what our hearts need."

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 8:02 AM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 5:22 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — November 23rd marks six months since Owen Jones was last seen. The four-year-old boy was swept into the strong currents of a Carroll County Creek in May. 

Owen was with friends and family at Riley Park in Delphi when the tragedy happened.

News 18 sat down with Britiney Jones, Owen's mother, who said since he has been gone, she has had to live her life day-by-day to get through this.

"Me and my husband process things differently so he's at a different spot than I am," she said. "It's been rough."

Britiney explained each day is different, some are good and some are bad. With no success in this search, she doesn't know when, or if, she will ever get closure. 

The recovery search for Owen began the evening of May 23. In the days following, the search expanded. Rescuers used air boats, drones, helicopters, and cadaver dogs to search Deer Creek and the Wabash River. Professional divers swam through the waters looking for any sign of him, with no success. Increasing water levels made the search difficult.

Sgt. Blaine Gillon said the DNR has had conversations with the Jones family about the future of the search, and possibly ending it. However, nothing has been decided.

He went on to say many of the searchers have young children, and have tried everything they can to find Owen because they cannot imagine the pain his family is going through.

The entire community, along with rescuers want Owen to be found to have closure.

However no one wants it more than this mother, who described Owen as the 'sour then sweet' type.

"He was a sour patch kid," she said. "He's definitely goofy."

With tears in her eyes, Owen's mother said the last six months have been a blur.

"Over a month ago they came and collected me and my husband's DNA and put him in the missing person's database," Britiney said. "Right now it's kind of just a waiting game to see if he's found somewhere else."

Sgt. Gillon said it's hard to speculate where Owen could be because so many factors play into it, such as water temperature and current.

"I always think about him and everything and I talk to him and pray."

Someone heard her prayers. Britiney is six months pregnant.

"We just kind of said it was a blessing from God and he knows what our hearts need," Brittany said.

Britiney told News 18 God knew what her family needed before she did. Turns out, she was pregnant just two days before Owen went missing.

She said her daughter, who is surrounded by brothers, is very happy to have a baby sister soon.

"We've been wanting another girl for quite a while. We're going to name her Trinity."

Trinity will be Britiney's fifth child. 

While the Jones family prepares to welcome a new member, they plan to keep traditions the same so Owen never feels far away.

"I still plan on putting his stocking and stuff up because he's still a part of our family. He's always going to be with me," Britiney said.

News 18 will continue to follow up on the search efforts for Owen Jones. In the meantime we can take comfort in knowing although sometimes there is no happy ending, there can be a beautiful beginning.

Indiana DNR officials want to remind the public to be mindful of this search. If you are recreating on the water and see something, call 911 right away. Owen was wearing a blue sleeveless shirt and blue shorts when he went missing.

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