A MISSING woman's bones have been found in a suitcase 21 years after her disappearance as police say a truck driver confessed to killing her.
Janet Jones Luxford is said to have left her home in Florida in 2001 after meeting Brian Jones at a Jacksonville hotel where she worked.
Alabama police now say that South Carolina native Jones recently admitted to killing 41-year-old Luxford that same year before dumping her body in the state.
Jones, now 62, led investigators to a green suitcase with bones inside last month, police said.
“He took a bus from South Carolina to Birmingham-area, and he sat outside of our station until he finally got up the nerve to give us a call,” Bessemer Police Lt. Christian Clemons told WBRC.
It is understood he had wanted to wait coming forward with his chilling confession until after his parents died.
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Clemons said Jones led investigators to an area near a creek where “she was still there in the same suitcase he had put her in.”
The remains are being tested to make an identification.
Jones is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.
Clemons added: "We were in disbelief that somebody had come to us to confess to a murder, much less one that is 21 years old."
In a warrant filed with court documents, police wrote that they believed Jones killed mom-of-three Luxford on February 18, 2001.
He is accused of "hitting her in the throat, causing her to collapse and causing her death with a golf club.”
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An attorney representing Jones did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Luxford was originally from California but had been living in Florida, police said.
She had met Jones at the hotel she worked at and the two started dating.
Clemons told WBRC that Jones indicated Luxford wanted money to go back to California to see her parents and during an argument, "he ended up hitting her with a club in the throat."
Amanda Luxford Fernandez was 12 when her mother vanished.
She told AL.com that she came home from school to find her mother gone along with photos and other personal items.
“She just disappeared off the face of the earth and there were no answers‚” Fernandez, now, 33, told the news outlet.
Her mother’s disappearance haunted her and her two siblings, she said.
The only silver lining, she said, is knowing her mother didn’t purposely stay away for 21 years.
“We’re happy we’re getting answers,” she said, “but we’re also going to get some justice.”
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