Burned vehicle of missing Hinds County woman believed to be found in Edwards

Published 9:07 am Thursday, March 16, 2023

Ebony Owens, 36 of Edwards, was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon by her family to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.

After Owens did not show up for work, Hinds County Sheriff’s deputies did a welfare check at her residence. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said Owens’ last known location was in the Clinton and I-20 area on Tuesday night.

A burned vehicle was found around 6 a.m. Wednesday in Edwards at old Highway 80 and Jones Avenue and was later linked to the missing person case. Investigators returned to the scene Wednesday night and recovered a license plate (MS-LP ONTYME3) believed to be registered to Owens’ missing 2015 Acura TXL, and other evidence linking the burned vehicle to Owens in a wooded area. Jones said during a press conference that the fire is believed to be intentional. 

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Ridgeland Police Department have assisted with the investigation.

Jones said a vehicle that might be connected to the case was towed from The Ranch Apartments on County Line Road in Ridgeland Wednesday evening. Jones said evidence believed to be linked to the disappearance of Owens was also recovered from an apartment in that complex.

Jones said his office is seeking the whereabouts of Owens’ husband, Michael Owens, for questioning.

The search for Ebony Owens will continue in West Hinds County near the Warren County line.

“Based on the circumstances, we believe (Ebony Owens) could be in danger and she could be seriously harmed as well,” Jones said. “She is not believed to be with her husband. We ask that everyone continue to pray for her and pray for her family as we attempt to answer questions.”

If anyone has any information about Owens or her whereabouts, they are urged to call the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office at 601-352-1521.