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— By Patric Flannigan

Staff writer

The family of Alyssa Cannon and her four year old son, Braydon Ponder, received good news Wednesday when they were informed that there will be an increased effort to locate the suspect involved in the crime.

The U.S. Marshals elevated the fugitive status of Jory Worthen, 24, who allegedly murdered Alyssa and her son.Worthen is now a Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitive, and authorities are asking the public for information that could lead to his arrest.

“It’s a relief,” Angela Cannon, Alyssa’s mother, told the Camden News. “It gives us hope again. $5,000 wasn’t that much but now it’s been increased so I hope and pray someone says something. The old saying is ‘money talks’ and we are hoping that’s still true.”

Angela said that she was made aware of the new developments when Paul Michael of Bikers Against Abuse and Tracy Gonzalez a bail worker in Georgia tagged her to a Facebook post. She added that CPD Lt. LaRhonda Moore and a U.S. Marshall from the area worked had to get Worthen in the Top 15 list.

“They really pushed for this to happen and we are so thankful. We appreciate all of the love and support and prayers from Camden. Everyone has just been so encouraging.”

“Our 15 Most Wanted list is reserved for fugitives we consider the worst of the worst,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington stated to the Associated Press. “It is without a doubt, Jory Worthen deserves to be on that list. The U.S. Marshals and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners will use every available resource to bring him to justice for this heinous crime.”

On June 23, 2019, Worthen allegedly murdered Alyssa Cannon, 20, and her 4-year-old son, Braydon Ponder, in their home located at 1338 Ronald Drive, Camden, Arkansas. Worthen was living at the residence at the time of the murders. Their bodies were discovered two days later. Authorities found Worthen’s pick-up truck at the residence, but the victim’s white 2007 Honda Accord was missing. The vehicle was later found July 22, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, in a Burger King parking lot.

The Camden Police Department charged Worthen with two counts of capital murder, and the U.S. Marshals, who have been assisting local authorities with the case since June 2019, obtained a federal warrant for Worthen in February.

“We are absolutely resolute in our commitment to bringing Worthen to justice” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal B. Dewaine Allen of the Western District of Arkansas. “With our state and local law enforcement partners, we will leave no stone unturned until he is behind bars.”

Worthen is a 6-foot-2 white male weighing approximately 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel/brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos on the underside of both forearms, one saying “Matthew 7-6” on his right forearm. Other tattoos are on his right hand; on his chest, including one of a skull with wings; and barbed wire on his left bicep. Worthen is described by associates as a “neat freak” and likes playing video games and drinking beer. He also smokes cigarettes, primarily Marlboros and Newports.

The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading directly to his arrest. Anyone with information should notify the agency at the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the Communications Center at 1-877-WANTED-2, online via the web, or an app at www.usmarshals.gov/tips.

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