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Arrest made in 1997 cold case homicide in Fort Myers

Posted at 7:59 PM, Oct 22, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The State Attorney’s Office and the Fort Myers Police Department announced the indictment and arrest for a 1997 Cold Case Homicide.

According to Crime Stoppers, Keith Jones, 27, was visiting from Daytona Beach.

Jones met with a woman who worked at a local strip club.

When staying at a local motel, three men pushed their way into the motel, robbed, and fatally shot Jones.

Michelle Ashley, also known as Michelle Jackson, was arrested and indicted for the murder of Keith Jones on June 19, 1997, in Fort Myers.

“Just having those answers, that they’ve been missing for all these years, just has to bring some peace to them,” said Trish Routte, SWFL Crime Stoppers.

“We know someone knows. They have kept a secret all these years and may be afraid. Don’t be afraid anymore. We need your help,” said Veronica Greene, Keith's family member.

Although an arrest has been made, investigators say this case isn't closed.

“This case is not over, while one arrest has been made there are additional suspects involved,” said Chief Derrick Diggs, Fort Myers Police Department.

Michelle Ashley had her first appearance Wednesday at the Lee County Courthouse. A judge ordered her to be held without bond.

“There are people out there involved in Keith’s death, walking free, our community as a whole needs to have a concern,” said Routte.