It’s been 10 years since the disappearance of Amanda Jones who was 26 years old and eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was last seen in Hillsboro. It would seem her family is not any closer to knowing what happened to her than they were 10 years ago.
Jones’ mother, Bertha Propst, posts on the “Find Amanda Jones” Facebook page quite often. She tells her daughter how much they all miss her and gives updates on Amanda’s daughter Hannah.
On Aug. 3 Propst posted, “Mandy, I cannot believe in just a few days it will be 10 years since you and baby Hayden went missing, and we still have no answers. But yet the persons responsible are still living their lives as if nothing happened, while we are still grieving. Where is the justice? When will we get answers? We asked these questions every day and pray one day they will be answered before we leave this earth. August 14, 2005 at around 1:00 pm was the worst day of our lives. God please give us answers.”
Amanda Jones was last seen on Aug. 14, 2005 around 1 p.m. when she went to meet the alleged father of her unborn child, Bryan Lee Westfall, at the horse show grounds at the Hillsboro Civic Center in the vicinity of the 10300 block of Highway 21.
She reportedly met him on the day of her disappearance to find out what, if any, input he wanted into the baby’s life. She was last seen in the parking lot of the center at 5 p.m. that same day and has never been heard from again. Her blue 1997 Pontiac Sunfire was later found unlocked and abandoned in the parking lot. Her purse, keys, wallet and cellphone were missing.
It was reported that Westfall has cooperated with the investigation and maintains his innocence in Amanda’s disappearance. He stated they spoke for about an hour in the parking lot of the civic center and she was fine when he left her and was talking to someone on her cellphone.
Amanda’s daughter was only 4-years-old at the time of her disappearance. Her former husband was not considered a suspect in her case and he died in November 2007. After his death, their daughter was placed in the care of her maternal grandparents.
There has been no activity on Amanda’s cellphone or credit cards since her disappearance, and no evidence that she ever checked into any hospital to deliver her baby. Her last known credit card purchase was at a drugstore where she bought a soda and hair spray hours before she went missing.
The case remains unsolved. She was described as a white female between 215 and 225 pounds, brown hair and blues eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink sleeveless shirt, a pink and white flowered skirt, pink flip-flop sandals and earrings. She wore wire-framed eyeglasses or contact lenses and was wearing the contacts when she went missing. Her ears are pierced and she has a tattoo of a dolphin on her left breast.
Last year her daughter spoke out for the first time since her mom’s disappearance.
The FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the location of Amanda Kay Jones and her (unborn) child and/or for information leading to the identity of the person(s) involved with their disappearance. They can be reached at 314-589-2500.
In 2005 a $100,000 reward was offered by a private citizen, but that reward is no longer available.
Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or email@example.com