Family gathers to celebrate the birthday of double homicide victim, Braydon Ponder, he would’ve turned 5 years old today

Arkansas News

CAMDEN, Ark. (1/10/19) — Family and friends came together today to remember the life of a young boy who was murdered last year. Today would’ve been his 5th birthday.

“You’ll be forever in my heart and in my memories,” Braydon’s stepmother, Caitlyn Marie said. “I know you’re in a beautiful place.”

It’s been nearly 7 months since Braydon and his 20-year old mother, Alyssa Cannon were brutally murdered in their Camden home.

The family celebrated his 5th birthday without him at the Timothy Church Park. They wore blue t-shirts with a picture of him and words engraved that said “Life is not forever but love is.”

Braydon’s family on both his mom and dad’s side filled the park with balloons raised to the sky. As they released them, they looked up in hopes that the nearing to this tragedy is coming to an end.

“The more time goes by the more hope I lose hope. I try not to,” Angela Cannon said. “I miss them so much.”

The suspect, Jory Worthen is still on the loose. The man arrested for helping him get away was released from jail yesterday.

“He pled guilty to hindering apprehension and prosecution, pled guilty to giving him money and a weapon but he got 5 years probation and walked out yesterday,” she said. “It’s wrong. It’s really wrong.

There is still a $7,000 reward for anyone who has information that can lead to an arrest.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Alyssa: Family of Camden double homicide victims still searching for answers

UPDATE (8/28/19) — There is still no sign of the suspect accused of killing Alyssa Cannon and her four-year old son, Braydon Ponder.

Alyssa would have turned 21 today. Her family says she had been waiting anxiously for this day to come.

“She was so excited and so ready,” Alyssa’s mom, Angela Cannon said. “We were going to have a big party for her and she was so excited for it.”

Cannon would send her daughter birthday texts, post Facebook pictures and call but this year is different. They’re sending birthday wishes up to heaven.

U.S. Marshals are assisting the Camden Police Department in finding Jory Worthen, the man accused of the murders. They say they have uncovered information that Worthen may be hiding in Alaska, Canada, or somewhere in the western U.S.

One man has been arrested since the murders. An anonymous tip led detectives to a man who saw Worthen saw two days after the murders in Chidester.

Family and friends have been leaning on each other for two months but hope someone will come forward with information that can put Worthen away for life.

“If anyone knows anything, you can call in anonymously and let them know,” Alyssa’s friend, Ashley Jenkins said. “Anything can help.”

Family and friends will have candlelight vigil and balloon release at Cannon’s house located at 1228 Ronald Drive in Camden. It will be at 8 p.m.

The family has posted a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs and other expenses for Alyssa and Braydon.

There is now a $7,000 reward for anyone who can lead detectives to Worthen’s whereabouts.


UPDATE: Family of Camden double homicide victims wants your help.

UPDATE (7/19/2019) — The family of murder victims Alyssa Cannon and Braydon Ponder are asking for your help in several ways.

First, Alyssa’s mom Angela Cannon set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses. CLICK HERE to help donate for this cause.

Second, the family is also raising money to focus attention on the man police suspect to be the murderer, Jory Worthen. CLICK HERE to donate money to help raise reward money for Worthen’s capture.

Scroll down to see our complete coverage of this story, including more pictures of the suspect police released in hopes of finding him.

CAMDEN, Arkansas — (07/11/19) — It’s been over two weeks since a Camden woman and her son were murdered inside their home. The suspect, Jory Worthen, has not yet been found.

“We are still actively investigating and aggressively searching,” Dana Wetherbee said. “We have done aerial searches around our county and surrounding counties looking for the vehicle and that came up negative.”

The Camden Police Department and Arkansas State Police have partnered together in searching for Worthen but there hasn’t been any luck. Angela Cannon, Alyssa Cannon’s mother and Braydon Ponder’s grandmother, wishes the man accused of killing her loved ones was behind bars.

“He’s out walking around free and my babies are gone. That’s not fair. It’s not right,” Cannon said. “My whole world has been turned upside down and I don’t know how to live without them.”

The police and family are now hoping updated pictures of Worthen’s tattoos will help the public better identify him.

“This particular tattoo is unique. It is on his right hand upper wrist area.” Wetherbee said.

It breaks Cannon’s heart everyday to not have her daughter and grandson here on this earth. She can’t even stomach thinking about their very last days in their home.

“It just kills me thinking about what happened that night in that house and we know they were both scared and there was nobody there to help them,” she said.

Alyssa and Braydon were found dead Tuesday June 25. Angela last heard from her daughter that Saturday. She said she went to the home twice before reporting them missing because she knew something was wrong.

“She texted me everyday and called me everyday or was at my house everyday but we were led to believe they had went to Texarkana which we found out was all a lie coming from him,” she said.

There have been several sightings of the man believed to be Worthen but nothing solid. Angela hopes the pictures and her fight for justice will lead to an arrest, very soon.

“Don’t hesitate to call the police. Call immediately. There have been possible sightings but people wait hours to call,” she said. “Please call immediately. it helps to get it done right then.”

Police say Worthen is possibly driving Alyssa’s 2007 White Honda Accord with Arkansas license plate 921 YBE.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Camden Police Department.


CAMDEN, Arkansas (7/2/19) — The funeral services for a young woman and her son were held today.

Alyssa Cannon, 20, and Braydon Ponder, 4, were murdered Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in their home.

Services were at 11 a.m. at the Victory Church in Camden with burial at Bethesda Cemetery.

The Camden Police Department and Arkansas State Police are still searching for the suspect, Jory Worthen, who was believed to be in Wichita, Kansas last week.


WICHITA, Kansas (6/27/2019) — According to the Wichita Kansas Police Department’s Facebook page, they are looking for Jory Worthen, the Arkansas man wanted in a double murder in Camden, Arkansas.

He is accused of killing Alyssa Cannon and her 4 year old son Braydon Ponder.

Police there believe Worthen is in the Wichita area.


(6/26/19) CAMDEN, Ar. — The Camden Police Department is still actively searching for Jory Worthen, the man suspected of murdering a young mother and her 4-year-old son.

Suspect: Jory Worthen / Courtesy: Camden Police Department

According to the police department, investigators have been calling all of the suspects family and friends and searching various areas to find him.

“It’s kind of just hard to believe,” Jodi Boggus said. “I can’t wrap it around my head that it really happened.”

Police say the family of Alyssa Cannon reported that Alyssa and her 4-year-old son had not been seen or heard from since Saturday and was reportedly with 23-year-old Jory Worthen.

Investigators found the bodies of Alyssa and her son just before 1 pm Tuesday inside their residence.

Cannon and Worthen were a couple. According to records, Cannon issued an order of protection against Worthen in 2017. Cannon wrote in the affidavit that Worthen had become “more controlling and possessive”. Cannon also claimed Worthen threatened to kill her and himself, multiple times.
Not long after, family members say Worthen began to change his ways.

“They pretty much were just getting a long,” Desiree Bogus said. “This just came out of the blue. We didn’t expect it.”

Arkansas License Plate 921 YBE

Police are now searching for Worthen and they say he is possibly driving Alyssa’s 2007 White Honda Accord with Arkansas license plate 921 YBE.

Police say Worthen is considered to be very dangerous.

Both bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. The family has posted a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses for Alyssa and Braydon.

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