John Edward Jones passed away tragically in November 2009 while exploring the hydrothermal "Nutty Putty cave" in Utah. His wife, Emily Jones Sanchez, has recently disclosed that she and her two children are subjected to incessant online trolling.
While exploring the cave with his brother, John became trapped in a narrow tunnel and was unable to be safely extricated by rescue teams. Despite continuous efforts over a 25-hour period, John passed away, and his body could not be recovered. The Nutty Putty cave was subsequently sealed off, and a memorial was established in honor of John.
Emily Has Spoken Out About Being Trolled Over The Event, Leaving Her Unable To Move On With Her Life
Emily, who had to come to terms with her husband's tragic death, has recently opened up about the ongoing trolling she has faced for the past 13 years. Despite moving forward with her life, the trolling continues to affect her to this day.
On March 6, 2020, a user commented on a post shared by Emily: "JOHN WAS BETTER ! RIP JOHN. IF I WAS YOUR WIFE I WOULD HAVE NEVER MOVED ON SOO SOON AND WOULD BE SHARING YOUR STORY. AND POSTING ABOUT YOU."
Another comment reads: "Is that John on ur profile picture? Or is it another man I'm genuinely confused I swear John past away."
A third user said: "Just saw the movie of the story of John. Just wondering, when you die and go to heaven, who will you be with? It breaks my heart how easily people focus on happiness in this earthly life instead of holding on. Waiting to be re-united."
Emily Stood Up, Defending Herself While Being Trolled
"It's never been hard to remember John," she said. "Ever since the very beginning, ever since I first met Donovan, he's been really comfortable with John continuing to be a part of our family and our lives, especially because of our kids. He just knows that the kids need to remember their dad. He's good about wanting to stay in touch with the Joneses and he loves the Joneses."
Despite The Constant Trolling, Some Stood Up For Emily
One user wrote: "I hope she does not read these comments… and I hope none of u have to go through what she has in her life. loosing someone is hard enough and going through a pregnancy on your own having to look at those kids everyday knowing what happened to their dad. having a film made about it."
"You may not agree with her choices but you don't pay her bills feed her kids or mow her grass… John loved her and she loved him. so just maybe he sent someone to help her get through it… it's not easy to go through life on a good day so give it up… I hope she is every bit happy and blessed and the same to her beautiful children."
It's unjust to harass a grieving mother and wife who has already suffered a significant loss in a society that always has something to say. The constant trolling Emily receives serves as a painful reminder of her husband's absence. Online bullying is unacceptable, and regardless of the circumstances, putting oneself in Emily's shoes makes it clear that such behavior will not bring her husband back.
Emily Has Since Gone On To Remarry
Emily observed that her son, who was named after his father John, would attach himself to any man with whom she spent time. "I was really surprised, but it broke my heart," she said. "He just really needed a dad. That was really hard, but I still wasn't ready to date or admit that maybe I would be ready to get married some day."
At the time, Emily's younger brother introduced her to Donovan Sanchez, who happened to be his roommate. "I had some neat experiences where I had a change of heart," she said. "Before I thought, 'I have to be loyal to John. I have to stick it out,' and then I started to realize that allowing myself to love again didn't mean loving John any less. Now, more than ever, I realize that it's really the opposite is true. I feel like I can love John more, and better, because of my relationship with Donovan. I think my capacity to love has increased."
In 2012, the couple made the decision to get married. "I'm sure it was really hard on the Joneses when I got married, but they welcomed Donovan with open arms," she said. "It meant the world to me. … They're a really amazing family."