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Victim ‘one of the better people you’ll find’
By all accounts, Mickey Jones was a good man, the kind who fixed cars for friends and strangers alike and would refuse money for his work.
Employees at the family-run Attkisson Truck & Equipment Sales in Thornburg found the 61-year-old’s body behind the main office building at about 9 a.m. Friday. The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office described the case as suspicious, saying that Jones appeared to have died from a gunshot wound and that they are investigating it as a homicide.
The phones were ringing early Saturday afternoon at the Attkisson office, where the owner’s family gathered to talk about Jones and what had happened to the man they called Mick. Friends who called the office also wondered what could have happened.
The investigation is on-going. A detective stopped by the office Saturday, but there were no updates on the case.
Jones lived in a camper on the 26-acre property, the Attkissons said. The shop is on Mallard Road, which runs just across a barbwire fence from northbound Interstate 95.
The Attkissons described Jones as a kind and giving man who was friendly yet private.
His youngest daughter, Morgan Jones of Colonial Beach, said she and her sister are shocked by what happened.
“He was an amazing man and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it, even if it were the only one he owned,” Morgan Jones said in an email.
William “Les” Attkisson, who owns the family-run business, sat behind his desk on Saturday, trying to process the loss.
“It’s an awful thing that happened,” said the 80-year-old Attkisson. “You never know how much you’re gonna miss someone until they’re gone.”
Attkisson called Jones a jack-of-all-trades who had worked at the business for five years. Jones was a mechanic, but also did plumbing and drywall work at the Attkisson office.
Not only could Jones do just about anything, the Attkissons said he also had a tool to do just about anything.
“One of the better people you’ll find,” said Steve Blansett, a close friend of Jones’ who’d stopped by the office on Saturday. He often drove Jones on errands because his friend, who owned a Corvette, didn’t have a driver’s license.
The Attkissons and Jones’ daughters said they hope the investigation turns up answers.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 540/582-7115 or text SEE911 to CRIMES (274637).
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436