Dad's tragic last text before he vanished and was found dead 10 months later

By Faith Pring & Matthew Dresch

A father-of-one told his wife 'I love you to the moon and back' in his last message before he was found dead in a woodland.

A member of the public found Joshua Jones' body in a 'secluded part' of Clough Woods, in Derbyshire, on October 3, police said.

The 29-year-old was reported missing from his home in Matlock in December after failing to return home from the pharmacy, DerbyshireLive reports.

He was last seen alive at a Sainsbury's shop in Matlock at around 12.30pm on December 12 and sent a final text saying 'I love you to the moon and back' to his wife Talia Jones.

Mrs Jones previously revealed how their three-year-old son Luke pointed at a photo of his dad and asked for him after he disappeared.

An inquest into his death was opened on October 13, by Charlotte Crangle, assistant Coroner for the Derby and Derbyshire area, at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court.

The dad-of-one struggled with lockdown and bills before he disappeared (Triangle News)

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The inquest heard a statement from the Coroner’s office regarding Mr Jones’ death.

It said: “The death of Joshua William Jones was reported to us on October 4, 2021, by police constable Jack Coop.

“He died on October 3, 2021 at Clough Woods, Derbyshire.”

A 'view and grant' post-mortem examination has since been carried out to determine the cause of death.

Talia Jones previously said she emailed her husband every day to tell him how much she loved him (Triangle News)

The inquest was adjourned pending further enquiries and will be reviewed on November 24.

Speaking before her husband's body was found, Mrs Jones said: "I email him every day to tell him how much I love him.

"I'm not coping well and he was the glue that held our family together.

"Our two-year-old, Luke, points at his photo and asks for his dad. It's heartbreaking."

She said she argued with Mr Jones the day he left home and never returned.

The couple took their son to the pub where they had their first date (Triangle News)

Mrs Jones said: "I wish I stopped him from leaving. People fall out all the time.

"We had a beautiful relationship and I never thought he wouldn't come home.

"His car had broken down the day before and we'd just paid over £600 to get it through the MOT.

"It broke down at a terrible time because we still hadn't sorted the Christmas presents for my two girls and our son, the rent was due and we hadn't done any Christmas food shopping.

"We couldn't ask family for money again because we had already done that.

"He texted me hours after he left to say it wasn't my fault and he loved Luke, the girls and he loved me to the moon and back

"That's always been what we say to each other."

She added that her husband was suffering from heightened anxiety because of the pandemic.

She added: "He said he felt trapped.

"Our main thing we did together as a couple was go to the pub for a pint. That's how we met and it became our thing.

"We used to take Luke and we'd go as a family.

"We always sat at the table where we went on our first date. But all that came to an end."


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