Jone Knapton, 47, July 6, 2003 East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois


On July 6, 2003, 47 year-old East Moline resident Jone Knapton was reported missing. Four days later, Jone's body was located in the Green River in rural Henry County. An intense, multi jurisdictional investigation ensued. Agents from the East Moline Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department, and Illinois State Police interviewed dozens of people and followed up on hundreds of leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible for Jone's murder.


KWQC reported that on July 10, 2003, 'a motorist crossing the Illinois 82 bridge spotted human remains in the Green River north of Geneseo.


“We initially found her torso in the Green River, and the subsequent search, we recovered her legs, but there are several parts that we have not recovered to this date,” said Capt. Chris Endress with the Illinois State Police.


The following month, police said DNA confirmed the remains were Knapton’s. An autopsy was unable to determine how she died.'


Police believe she died sometime between July 4 and 5, 2003.

Anyone having information concerning this case is urged to contact the Illinois State, Zone 2 Investigations at (309) 752-4915 or the Quad Cities Crime Stoppers: (309) 762-9500.

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