Created: Friday, 20 Jul 2007, 2:26 PM MDT
by JOHN ROMERO
Investigators in Mesa County have, for the first time, named a person of interest in the disappearance of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld.
Investigators have twice searched the home of Lester Ralph Jones in connection with the disappearance, and Friday named him a person of interest in the case.
Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hikley has said their investigation was focusing on the escort service Birgfeld was running at the time of her disappearance. Sources tell Fox 31 that Jones was a client of the escort service, Models, Inc.
Fox 31 has also obtained the criminal history of Lester Ralph Jones, including a 1999 guilty plea in a kidnapping and assault case involving a former wife.
The police report obtained by Fox 31 says Jones tailed his then wife in a car at speeds over 100 miles per hour, allegedly side swiped her car off the road, rammed her, and put her in his car at gun point, according to witness statements in the Police Report.
The report also says Jones fired two shots at the male passenger in his then-wife’s car.
Police have not named Lesper Ralph Jones’ wife, Elaine Jones, as a person of interest. A person who has spoken to her since the case broke says she is innocent and was attending a family funeral at the time of Birgfeld’s disappearances.
Paige Birgfeld hasn’t been seen or heard from for three weeks, and was officially reported missing June 30th.