Timeline leading to South Carolina dad’s arrest in 5 kids’ deaths

Photos of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. children are on display during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept Training Center in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Jones Jr., 32, will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led authorities to a secluded clearing in Alabama, where their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags, a sheriff said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina man is accused killing his five children and dumping their bodies along a road in Alabama. Here is a timeline of events leading to his arrest and the discovery of the bodies, according to court records and authorities:

May 2012: Timothy Ray Jones Jr. sees a therapist with concerns that something “was just not right” with his marriage. After the couple separated for two weeks, he said he discovered his wife was having an affair with the then-19-year-old neighbor, according to divorce records.

June 2012: Jones takes the three oldest kids to his relatives in Mississippi. When he returns to get the fourth, he found his wife at home with the neighbor. The couple officially separate.

December 2012: The couple’s fifth child is born.

October 2013: Jones’ divorce is finalized and he is given primary custody of the children. He’s listed as working as an engineer for Intel, making more than $70,000 a year.

Aug. 28, 2014: Jones picks his children up from school. This is the last day anyone reports seeing him with his children, authorities say.

Aug. 29 and Sept. 2: Three of the children do not report to school.

Sept. 3: Jones’ ex-wife says he fails to bring his children to stay with her as scheduled. She reports him and the children missing to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities begin investigating.

Sept. 6: Jones is stopped at a drunken driving checkpoint in Mississippi. A deputy spots bleach, blood and children’s clothes in his 2006 Cadillac Escalade. Detectives say they begin to suspect foul play.

Sept. 8: South Carolina authorities get arrest warrants charging Jones with unlawful conduct toward a child by a legal custodian. State and federal agents travel from South Carolina to Mississippi to speak with Jones.

Sept. 9: Jones leads authorities to the children’s bodies off a rural Alabama road. Investigators recover five bodies, each wrapped in a garbage bag, and South Carolina authorities arrange for their return to the state.

Sept. 10: Authorities in South Carolina say Jones will face five murder charges when he’s returned to the state.

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