Independence police continue to search for Maurice T. Jones, known as “Mo,” regarding the Dec. 9, 2016 murder of Sharrieff Omar Muhammad. Jones, 23, who originally had been identified in December as a person of interest in the case, has an arrest warrant in his name for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to court records, Jones pleaded guilty in October 2014 to multiple theft and drug charges from Kansas City.

Muhammad, 37, a local tattoo artist, was found dead the morning of Dec. 9 behind his duplex at the 1600 block of West 24th Terrace South. He had been shot multiple times.

Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts and the crime should call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477 or IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email