Bones discovered last week in Amador County briefly gave hope to the family of a missing woman, but her father has since said they were told the remains were not human.
Alexis Gabe, 24, of Oakley, was last seen in January visiting her ex-boyfriend Marshall Jones at his home in Antioch, authorities said. Police believe Jones killed Gabe, abandoned her car and dumped her cell phone. He was the prime suspect in the case but was shot dead by police in Washington state in June when officers tried to arrest him in connection with Gabe’s disappearance, according to her family.
Gabe’s father, Gwyn Gabe, told Bay Area news station KGO on Sunday that Jones created a map showing where the woman’s body is buried. He said the card contained handwritten notes that began at Jones’ sister’s in Vacaville and ended somewhere in the Amador County town of Pioneer.
On Wednesday, searchers found a number of bones in the city, about 50 miles east of Sacramento. Gabe traveled there on Saturday while investigators were investigating the discovery.
But in a Facebook message published Monday, Gabe said the bones weren’t human. He shared a statement from the Sheriff’s Department about the discovery, which was sent to the family.
“There was animal hair around one of the bones, but as a precaution a forensic anthropologist was contacted,” the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement to the family. “The forensic anthropologist was able to quickly determine that the bones were not human. We have no bones in our possession believed to be human and we have not sent any for DNA analysis.”
Gabe concluded by saying: “Another false alarm. Let’s continue the search.”
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to email or phone requests for comment Monday.
“We just want to find her remains so we can bring her home,” Gabe told Mercury News on Sunday.
Police believe Jones killed Alexis Gabe in late January while she was visiting him in Antioch. Her car was found abandoned in Oakley with the key in the ignition and the door open. In February, a search team found her phone case in a field near Jones’ home. A broken screensaver containing his DNA was also found, according to the newspaper.
When they tried to take him into custody in connection with Gabe’s disappearance, Jones lunged at officers with a knife, police said.
A $100,000 reward is being offered for helping find Gabe. A Facebook page maintained by family and friends regularly posts updates about the case, including from law enforcement, as well as copies of notes allegedly written by Jones.
In a recent update, Gwyn Gabe posted a video of his wife stopping at a road to check bags scattered along the verge.
“Every time she sees black garbage bags on the side of the road, she stops to look and get emotional. This breaks my heart. I hope we find Alexis soon. Please God help us. We just want to wake up from this nightmare and get back to our normal lives,” Gabe wrote.
In the video, Rowena Gabe can be heard sobbing as she walks back to her car.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Oakley Police Department at (925) 625-8060.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-03/bones-found-in-amador-county-not-alexis-gabe Bones discovered weren’t those of Alexis Gabe, family says