Couple wanted for Kansas murder arrested in Monroe County

After evading authorities for more than two decades, a pair of murder suspects was arrested in Monroe County last week.

On Thursday, Kelly J. Jones and Roger Jones Sr. were arrested on charges of killing Patrick Howe in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1992. The couple had living and working at the KOA Campground in Forsyth since sometime last year.

Howe’s body was found on April 13, 1992, in a roadside ditch near Dodge City, Kansas. It was discovered that Howe, then 25, had been beaten and strangled to death at a hotel where he worked, which was run by the two suspects.

Charges were filed against Roger and Kelly Jones in 1996, and authorities have since been unable to track them down. Based on a lead, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas contacted a KOA employee named Jan Garner, which was determined to be an alias for Kelly Jones. Her arrest resulted in information that led to her husband’s arrest and the discovery of evidence related to multiple identities they had used.

The two suspects face no charges in Monroe County, but an investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.