Independence police searching for man wanted in December 2016 murder

Posted at 10:47 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 19:48:38-04

Independence police are searching for Maurice T. Jones, known as Mo, in connection with a December 2016 murder.

There is a warrant for Jones’s arrest for second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Sharrieff Omar Muhammad.

On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, Independence police were called to the 1600 block of West 24th Terrace South on a dead person in the backyard of a residence.

When officers arrived they found a victim had died from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as Muhammad.

Jones is the brother of Muhammad's girlfriend. One witness said the victim and his girlfriend had been arguing for weeks. The specific motive for the murder has not been revealed.

If you can assist police, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email