Family members are mourning an Oklahoma City woman with a “big heart and great personality,” after her body was discovered in the trunk of her car in St. Louis four days after her infant son was found abandoned in an apartment complex.
Ebony Jackson, 30, was visiting friends and family in the St. Louis area with her 3-month-old son, Donavon Prom. The baby was found about 5 a.m. Friday in a car seat in the hallway of an apartment complex.
Jackson, who had no known connection to the apartment building, was nowhere to be found. Friends and family put together fliers when they couldn't reach her by cellphone.
Police got a court order Tuesday morning to activate a GPS tracker on her car, a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant. They found the car on a St. Louis street lined mostly with vacant lots and crumbling homes.
At least one neighbor told police the car had been there for days. Jackson's decomposed body was found in the trunk.
Jackson's aunt, Krisha Williams, wrote a note to friends on her Facebook page late Tuesday after family members were informed.
“I want to thank everyone for their calls, texts and Facebook messages,” Williams wrote. “I truly appreciate all the support shown to myself and my family during this entire time. Although things didn't turn out for the best, God is still good. May Ebony rest in peace and her son be reminded of her big heart and great personality.”
According to Jackson's Facebook page, she graduated in 2012 from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas, with a degree in criminal justice.
Family members said she had been working as a sales representative at Macy's in Oklahoma City and living with Craig Prom, Donavon's father. Relatives said Jackson left her home Jan. 2, and Prom found a note saying she needed space.
She went to an aunt's home in East St. Louis, Ill., last Thursday, but no one was home. She visited a neighbor, leaving about 10 p.m. after saying she needed to find a place to stay for the night.
She then called a family member saying she would be by with the baby on Friday. That was the last time relatives heard from her.
Linda Lawson, a family spokeswoman, issued a statement describing the family's “unimaginable heartache.
“Someone out there knows what soulless people did this: Please come forward to let us know before it's your loved one,” the statement said.