Spokane woman found dead after winning jackpot at Northern Quest

Officers said the blood found on Jenny Jones and the condition of her clothing led them to believe this “could be something other than a natural death.”

SPOKANE, Wash. — A 46-year-old Spokane woman was found dead just two days after she won a jackpot at a casino, according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County Superior Court.

On Feb. 17, Jenny A. Jones was found dead in her apartment on West Sharp around 11 a.m., according to the search warrant. Jones was found face down in the living room and officers saw blood on her face and shirt, documents say. A small putty type knife was also found near her body, according to the search warrant.

In the search warrant, officers said the blood found on Jones and the condition of her clothing led them to believe this “could be something other than a natural death.”

According to documents, her body was found by her step-father who went to check on her when Jones’ mother couldn’t get ahold of her for two days. Jones’ step-father told officers she called her mother on the night of Feb. 15 to tell her she won a large jackpot at Northern Quest Casino. Jones’ mother tried to call her several times over the next several days but she never answered her phone, documents say. When Jones’ step-father arrived at her home, documents say he found her front door unlocked.

Officers also spoke with Jones’ neighbors. Documents say one neighbor told officers she had been having problems with a man and on Feb. 14 she told them “might have to call the police because he refused to leave her apartment.” Later in the day, documents say the neighbor heard a man inside Jones’ apartment and it sounded like he was talking to himself.

Police also spoke with Jones’ apartment manager. The manager said Jones told her about winning the jackpot and the man she was having problems with, documents say.

The search warrant for Jones’ apartment was filed on Feb. 19. The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified Jones but her cause and manner of death are still pending.

KREM 2’s Amanda Roley spoke with Jones’ mother on the phone Thursday. She said she doesn’t believe any person caused her daughter harm. She said Jones had a life-long medical condition and she believes that’s what caused her death.

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