A teenage boy is being charged with the murder of a 16-year-old girl after he allegedly gave her ecstasy laced with fentanyl that caused her to overdose and die.
Jacob Sayre, 17, is being tried as an adult for the suspected drug deal, and was booked on second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, and delivery of a controlled substance Thursday in Ozark, Missouri.
Cops said the alleged drug deal transpired in September, after the youngsters became acquainted at their local church – and ultimately ended sophomore student Victoria Jones’ life prematurely.
After Sayre’s arrest Thursday – 104 days after Victoria’s sudden death – the girl’s mother, Wendie Glass Jones, took to social media to chide the alleged killer, while revealing her daughter had been struggling with ‘feelings of not “being good enough”‘ and depression before her fatal overdose early September 4.
At 11 pm the previous night, the mom recalled, she and husband wished their daughter good night for what would be the final time, only to find her dead the next morning. Despite the severity of the accusations leveled against him, Sayre is free on $50,000 bail.
Jacob Sayre, 17, is being tried as an adult for the suspected drug deal, and was booked on second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, and delivery of a controlled substance Thursday in Ozark, Missouri
Cops said the alleged drug deal ended sophomore student Victoria Jones’ life prematurely, after the youngsters became acquainted at their local church
Speaking out for the first time Saturday, the mom revealed that her daughter was not friends with Sayre and claimed that her daughter, with her dying breath, attempted to call Sayre as she began to feel the effects of the potent pain medication, but was ignored as she succumbed, alone, to its effects.
She is now demanding the teen face justice for his actions, writing Saturday after news of his temporary release was made public: ‘There is a special place in Hell for people that are this evil.’
Police, meanwhile, said Victoria had met with Sayre the night before she died.
Authorities called to the scene by the girl’s parents, meanwhile, reported that they had found a rolled-up $20 bill and a blue pill that had been cut on her nightstand after her death.
Police also found a note on the girl’s desk addressed to another, unidentified friend, in which she wrote about their relationship and mentioned she was using drugs while writing the letter. Chillingly, cops said the letter abruptly ended with the phrase ‘I’m planning.’
Before leaving the scene, cops added that they were told by family members in the household that the girl, while not an addict, had experimented with other drugs, including weed, molly, and cocaine.
‘Today is Day #104 without our daughter Victoria,’ Wendie wrote in the post shared to Facebook Saturday by a family friend
An autopsy report further revealed that victim had foam in her throat and both MDMA – the scientific abbreviation for the main ingredient found in ecstasy – and fentanyl in her system. The coroner, not offering specifics, said the amount of fentanyl in her system was fatal.
Court documents also showed that investigators searched her phone and found a Snapchat correspondence between her and Sayre, in which the two discussed Sayre bringing her drugs.
In the messages, cops said Sayre gave the girl instructions on how to crush and snort the pill for a faster, more pronounced high, advising her, ‘Just keep a bucket near you and just snort half.
‘Just do a quarter and then the other quarter if you don’t feel it.’
Mom Wendie Glass Jones (at right) – who has one other adult son and two other kids with her husband David (second from right), a respected software engineer – said of the 17-year-old suspect: ‘There is a special place in hell for people that are this evil’
After snorting the drug, cops confirmed the victim again messaged Sayre, saying she had done it wrong and that she could feel it working. She died sometime shortly after.
Sayre later told investigators he met the girl at church and delivered the pill, but claimed he did not know what it was.
After being tracked down earlier this week, a shaken Sayre reportedly told police a friend told him the drug dealer left Sayre a ‘per’ – possibly slang for the prescription painkiller Percocet – in a mailbox in the nearby town of Springfield.
When asked, Sayre claimed to not know the exact address of the mailbox, but that it was in a specific neighborhood. Sayre also told cops that the pill was wrapped in a Tylenol shell and that he drove to the victim’s home on September 3 to deliver it.
During his interrogation – which was ultimately cut short by the teen’s parents – Sayre asserted that it had been the first time he had brought illegal drugs to the victim.
Minutes later, the interview was terminated a few minutes later at the request of the parents, as they wanted to be present for further questioning.
Court documents also showed that investigators searched her phone and found a Snapchat correspondence between her and Sayre, in which the two discussed Sayre bringing her drugs. In the messages, cops said Sayre gave the girl instructions on how to crush and snort the pill, advising her, ‘Just keep a bucket near you and just snort half’
In a post shared to Facebook Saturday afternoon by a family friend, Wendie asserted that anyone who knew her daughter ‘knew she was not a drug addict.’
She proceeded to react to the recently aired news surrounding Sayre and his recent release – which she said made her ‘physically sick.’
‘Today is Day #104 without our daughter Victoria,’ Wendie wrote in a post shared to Facebook.
The mom went on to react to the recently aired news surrounding Sayre and his recent release – which she wrote had made her feel ill.
‘As I sit here this morning thinking about what I saw on tv last night and now rereading the article, it makes me physically sick,’ she recalled.
‘All I know for certain is that on the night of September 3rd at 11:00pm I went into Victoria’s room to say goodnight, give her a hug and kiss, and to tell her that I Love You and I will see you in the morning.
‘The next morning was the start of this nightmare. To find your child… To find your 16 year old child dead the next morning.’
She proceeded to level bombshell claims at Sayre – who she asserted ‘had drug issues since he was 14’ – including the allegations that he ignored Victoria’s frantic phone call for help on September 4, and chose not to notify police.
‘My daughter was dead because of what he gave her. Ecstasy laced with a deadly amount of Fentanyl,’ Wendie wrote.
‘He made no attempt to help her when she called him… Didn’t alert us, didn’t call 911, didn’t do anything.’
The family is now demanding the accused killer face justice for the youngster’s death
She added that despite Sayre’s propensity for drugs being well-known, ‘his parents really didn’t do anything until he was 16’ – at the start of of 2022 – and already ‘out of control.’
Wendie – who has one other adult son and two other kids with her husband David, a respected software engineer in the normally quiet mountain town community – proceeded to assert: ‘There is a special place in hell for people that are this evil.’
The family recently banned together during a Football game at their daughter’s school, Ozark High School, where she was a straight-A student and a member of the National Honor Society.
A standout softball player – known to her friends as ‘Vic’ – the teen had hoped to attend an Ivy League college, to study chemical engineering.
A post memorializing the youngster on the school website read: ‘Victoria always gave everything she did her best effort, and would settle for nothing less.
‘She was a hardworking and dedicated employee at Braum’s in Ozark for 2 years, mowed yards during the summer on weekends, donated her time and muscle at a farm, all while carrying a heavy course load at school.’
Victoria’s death comes as the latest casualty left by a nationwide crisis spurred by a recent increase in deaths from fentanyl – a synthetic opioid similar to morphine that is 50 times more potent than heroin
Victoria’s death comes as the latest casualty left by a nationwide crisis spurred by a recent increase in deaths from fentanyl – a synthetic opioid similar to morphine that is 50 times more potent than heroin.
The drug, which is cheap and easily manufactured despite its strength, is often used to lace other illicit drugs to make their effects seem more potent.
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, were involved in more than two-thirds of the overdose deaths in the year ending in March 2022.
Following his temporary release, Sayre is scheduled to appear in court on January 31. He is currently under house arrest, enforced by GPS tracking, and is is only allowed out of the domicile for court and drug and medical treatment.