UPDATE: The investigation into Ebony Owens’ disappearance has been upgraded to a murder investigation, and her husband is facing multiple charges, Mississippi officials say.
Hinds County deputies said Michael Owens, 36, is in custody and facing multiple charges after it was determined that his wife died from at least one gunshot wound. Ebony Owens’ body has not been located but search and recovery efforts are underway at the Big Black River between Hinds and Warren counties.
The search for Ebony Owens began on Wednesday, March 15, when the mom of four did not show up for work and her family had not heard from her, Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said during a March 16 news conference. Deputies were called to conduct a welfare check at her home on Wednesday afternoon.
Evidence indicated that Ebony Owens, who is from Edwards, was last known to be in Clinton the evening of March 14, according to Jones.
Earlier on Wednesday, before Ebony Owens was reported missing, officials located a burning car, but they were unable to identify the make and model, according to Jones. Once deputies learned of Ebony Owens’ disappearance, they located her license plate near the vehicle and identified it as her car.
Jones said the fire is believed to be intentional.
Deputies and investigators responded to an apartment complex on Wednesday night where they towed a vehicle and recovered evidence believed to be connected to Ebony Owens’ disappearance from inside and apartment, Jones said.
Jones said that all of Ebony Owens’ children were safe and in the care of family members.
The original story is below.
A Mississippi woman is still missing after a burned car believed to belong to her was found, deputies say.
Ebony Owens’ family reported the 36-year-old missing on Wednesday, March 15, according to a tweet from Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones. Her white 2015 Acura TLX was also missing.
Jones said deputies found a burned vehicle believed to belong to Owens on Wednesday. The car’s license plate was found nearby.
Owens was last known to be near Interstate 20 in the Clinton area the evening of Tuesday, March 14, Jones said. Her car was found about 20 miles west of that area near Old Highway 80 and Jones Road in Edwards — where Owens lives.
Anyone with information about Owens is asked to contact the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office at 601-352-1521.
Friends and family shared details about Owens on social media after her disappearance.
“Please let my friend be ok. She’s more like a sister to me,” a loved one wrote in a Facebook post.
“My heart can’t take this,” another post said.
Edwards is about 30 miles west of Jackson.
This tale was at first revealed March 16, 2023, 8:58 AM.