Miami-Dade County

Missing 7-year-old may be linked to dead man found at Miami motel

City of Miami police are trying to locate 7 year-old Jala Barnett (pictured here), her mother Kristy Evans and Michael Douglas Evans on Monday, June 8, 2015. All three are being sought for questioning in a murder that happened at the Sun Aire Motel at 4871 West Flagler St.
City of Miami police are trying to locate 7 year-old Jala Barnett (pictured here), her mother Kristy Evans and Michael Douglas Evans on Monday, June 8, 2015. All three are being sought for questioning in a murder that happened at the Sun Aire Motel at 4871 West Flagler St. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami Police are looking for a man, a woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who may be tied to a man found dead in a motel on Flagler Street over the weekend.

On Monday night, Lt. Carlos Castellanes said police needed the public's help in finding Michael Douglas Evans, 30, Kristy Evans, 34, and 7 year-old Jala Barnett.

Castellanes said Michael Douglas Evans has a warrant out of Ohio for escaping and eluding police custody and Kristy Evans and her daughter were reported missing and endangered in Ohio on May 7.

“We’d like to make a plea to the public,” he said, adding that even the smallest details could be helpful in finding the Evans. “Please call us.”

Joseph Everett Moniz, 46, was found dead at about 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sun Aire Motel, 4871 W. Flagler St..

Castellanes would not release details about his death or how he was linked to the couple. Moniz was pronounced dead at the scene after authorities were called.

Castellanes said that in addition to looking for the couple and Jala, they were also trying to track down a blue 2005 convertible A4 with a paper tag BDK 6156 that had been reported stolen.

Anyone with information on Moniz’s death or has seen the couple and the 7-year-old is asked to call Miami Police at 305-603-6350 or CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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