Heather Palumbo-JonesThose who knew, and were closest to, Heather Palumbo-Jones said Chris Jones, Heather's husband, was a control freak who was addicted and dependent on his estranged wife. They said he could simply not let go and was a man spiraling out of control as the marriage collapsed. Heather Palumbo-Jones, a teacher at Frayser Achievement School, met Chris Jones when she was 19 years old. She was 160 pounds overweight. But, sometime after having two children, Heather made up her mind to lose the weight and change her life for the better with a healthier lifestyle. However, after working out and losing the weight, Chris felt threatened. Friends and family all agreed that Chris was losing his grip on his wife. She was like a butterfly who came out of a cocoon," one friend remarked. They said his bizarre, and apparently dangerous behavior, finally caused Heather to move out of the townhouse the couple shared. She took the couple's two young children and moved down the street. The couple officially separated in early January. Heather also filed then for an order of protection from her husband. He claims the order of protection stemmed from a minor argument over a phone. But, because Chris was financially dependent on Heather, she continued to pay his rent.
FRIENDS BECAME CONCERNED FOR HEATHER PALUMBO-JONES AND HER SAFETYOne friend remarked that she had shared her concerns with Heather, saying 'You know he's going to go off the deep end.' Chris was stalking Heather and everyone of her friends knew it. He even broke into her (Heather's) house one evening. Another friend warned her, saying, 'He's going to end up killing you or himself.' It's only going to escalate."
HEATHER PALUMBO-JONES DISAPPEARS
Heather disappeared in April, just days before the couple had a court date for the impending divorce.Monday, April 15th, was the last time anyone saw Heather Palumbo-Jones. She was reported missing when she did not report to work the next day. Heather’s house was locked and secure. There was no sign of a break-in or any foul play. Her car was in the driveway and was similarly untouched. Heather’s cell phone, purse, and keys, however, were missing. Her estranged husband, Christopher Jones, was immediately suspected of wrongdoing.
CHRIS JONES DENIES KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HIS ESTRANGED WIFE
Investigators searched around the couple's home Wednesday and also searched a nearby pond Sunday. They found no sign of the missing teacher. Chris denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance."I loved that woman more than anything,' Chris Jones said of his wife. 'There's no way I've put my hands on her or ever put my hands on her." "We were a very happy beautiful family right up until the day before she decided to leave abruptly," he said. He told Action News 5 that he was blind sided when she filed for divorce.