St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2023-012060
Date of original release: 03-30-23

Homicide and Missing Toddler

Release updated on 04-24-23 at 9:39 p.m.

Update: Homicide of Two-Year-Old Taylen Mosley

The Pinellas Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death of two-year-old Taylen Mosley. The child died of drowning.

The child was missing after his mother was found murdered in their apartment on March 30th. Investigators located his body in Lake Maggiore the evening of March 31st.

His father, Thomas Mosley, age 21, is charged with two counts of 1st-degree murder for killing Pashun Jeffery and their son, Taylen.

Release updated on 04-01-23 at 9:39 p.m.

Letter from Pashun Jeffery's family

We have received several inquiries about helping the family. As a courtesy, we are passing along a letter from Pashun Jeffery's family.

Jeffrey's Family letter

Release updated on 03-31-23 at 7:26 p.m.

Taylen Mosley Found Deceased

This evening, the body of missing two-year-old Taylen Mosley was found in Lake Maggiore. Tonight, Chief Holloway confirmed the bad news, "It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that we found the body of Taylen Mosley. My condolences to his family."

The child had been missing since his 20- year-old mother, Pashun Jeffery, was found stabbed to death in her St. Petersburg apartment Thursday afternoon, March 30th. A major search was launched using all the Department's resources and the assistance of many local, state and federal agencies.

The investigation led detectives to search Dell Holmes Park, 2741 22nd Street South, and Lake Maggiore. After spending all day searching the area, this evening officers were alerted to an alligator seen with something in its mouth. The alligator was killed in order to retrieve the body, confirmed as that of Taylen Mosley. The medical examiner will determine what caused his death.

Tonight, Chief Holloway announced that Taylen's father, Thomas Mosley is charged with two counts of 1st-degree murder for the death of Pashun Jeffery and of his son, Taylen Mosley.

The detectives and officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department worked tirelessly on this case. The Department would like to thank all of the agencies that assisted in this investigation. The dive teams of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, Clearwater Fire Rescue, PCSO and Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue searched the ponds and lakes near the apartment complex. Sunstar assisted, Search and Rescue of Central Florida searched with cadaver dogs, and FWC assisted with the alligator. We would especially like to thank the FBI and FDLE for lending their resources in this important investigation.

Chief Holloway would also like all of the many volunteers who planned to join us Saturday morning searching for Taylen. Unfortunately, their assistance is no longer needed.

Release updated on 03-31-23 at 7:26 p.m.

At 8:15 pm, Chief Holloway will brief the press about a significant update in the case of missing Taylen Mosley.

It will be at Police Headquarters.

No other information will be released until that time.

Release updated on 03-31-23 at 3:59 p.m.

Volunteer Search for Taylen

Anyone who would like to assist in the ground search for missing 2-year-old Taylen Mosley, please gather at 8 a.m., Saturday, at the tent in the Winn Dixie parking lot, 11100 4th Street North.

Volunteers will be assigned teams with officers and given instructions on where to search.

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring hats, sunscreen, and water bottles.

Release updated on 03-31-23 at 12:11 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Chief Holloway will update the press on the homicide of Pashun Jeffery and the search for Taylen Mosley. Pashun's mother, Lakita Denson, will also make a public appeal.

We will hold this in the parking lot at the front of the complex, near the crime scene.

Release updated on 03-30-23 at 8:37 p.m.

We don't have any additional information to release on the missing child and homicide this evening.

Officers will continue to follow-up leads through the night and will continue to process the apartment in the morning.

The department will send out any new developments through media alert.

Release updated on 03-30-23 at 5:13 p.m.

An Amber alert has been issued for Taylen Mosley, age 2

Release posted on 03-30-23 at 4:44 p.m.

St. Petersburg Police detectives are investigating a homicide at the Lincoln Shores Apts., 11601 4th Street North, and a two year old boy is missing.

At about 2:30 p.m., the body of a 20 year old woman, Pashun Jeffery, DOB 9-26-02 ,was found dead in her apartment at Lincoln Shores.

Her two year old son , Taylen Mosley, DOB 3-12-21, is missing. His photo is attached. The child could be in danger and a search is underway for his whereabouts. If anyone has information, contact St. Petersburg Police.

Missing child Taylen Mosley

Missing child Taylen Mosley

Pashun Jeffery

Pashun Jeffery

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer