Abducted woman's body found in burned vacant home in South Baltimore

Firefighters on Wednesday found the body of a 29-year-old woman -- who was abducted a day earlier -- in the basement of a vacant South Baltimore home, police said.

The body of Tiffany Jones was discovered after firefighters put out a blaze in the home.

Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said firefighters responded just after 9 a.m. to reports of a fire in the 3400 block of 7th St., in the Brooklyn area.

“After the fire was extinguished,” she said, “they located the body of an adult woman.”

The night before the firefighters’ grim discovery, police say Jones, a mother of two, was abducted from the same neighborhood in South Baltimore.

A two-block stretch of 7th Street was cordoned off with crime scene tape Wednesday morning. More than a dozen concerned family members, friends and Brooklyn neighbors gathered at the scene in the hours following the fire.

“It’s really a tragedy,” said Evelyn Jones, a friend of Jones who drove from Glen Burnie after hearing about the fire. “She was talking about getting herself together. I just had to see for myself.”

Ashley Connelly lived with Jones in Brooklyn before moving out last year.

“She was a likable person,” Connelly said. “I don’t know anybody that didn’t like her.”

Homicide and arson detectives are investigating the death, police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said.

Jones’ cause of death is under investigation and will be determined by the state medical examiner’s office, Skinner said.

As of Wednesday at 4 p.m., police had not yet located the black Ford truck Jones was allegedly forced into when two men abducted her. The truck has Maryland tags that read 3DH8861.

Baltimore Sun reporter Lauren Lumpkin contributed to this article.

An earlier headline with this article referred to the wrong region the body was found. It was found in South Baltimore. A previous version of this story also incorrectly identified the fire department spokeswoman by her maiden name; her name is Blair Skinner. The Sun regrets the errors.
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