Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for a mother and daughter found in a submerged car in Lake Greenwood this past week. A report released Thursday indicated that both drowned to death. But the case isn’t over yet.
Jennifer Diana Jones, 36, and her 14-year-old daughter Alicia, both of Greenwood, were found in the back seat of their car, more than 75 feet from shore, under 11 feet of water. Investigators say there was an air pocket at the top of the rear passenger compartment.
Jones boyfriend, Johnathan Brett Hanna, told deputies that on Sunday night, Jones had dropped him off in Cross Hill. Authorities say Jones was angry with him when she drove away, and that she was unfamiliar with the area. Hanna is not a suspect.
But there are questions in the case. Coroner Nick McNichols says to get the car from the end of the paved road by way of the rough non-paved road and well into the water was not an easy task. And he says before the car could get into the water, it had to go over a dirt barrier wall around the lake, which is approximatelly three-feet high.
SLED is assisting the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources in the investigation.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville or to Alicia’s class at West View Middle School in Greenwood.