Search continues for missing woman presumed dead
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said that authorities are working diligently to find Ann Bond, the missing Bossier City woman whom they now believe is dead.
Bond’s husband, Robert, had spoken with officers Thursday stating he would talk with them at his residence, but he never showed up.
Robert Bond was found at a rest stop off Interstate 10 in Gautier, Miss., early Friday morning. “We had a BOLO on the truck when it was located,” the sheriff said. When Mississippi officers approached Bond in his truck, he inflicted a .22 caliber gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition.
The case began Thursday morning, Nov. 14, when family and friends notified authorities that Ann Bond did not show up at work that morning and was not at her home.
Because of evidence gathered at the scene, along with witness statements, “our investigators determined something was amiss,” Whittington said. A warrant was issued for Robert Bond’s arrest on a charge of second-degree murder Thursday night. Whittington said he could not elaborate on the nature of that evidence.
Robert Bond is believed to have been heading for Florida when he was approached by Mississippi police officers shortly after midnight Friday.
It is also believed that Bond used the truck to transport his wife’s body. A Bossier Parish investigator has been sent to Gautier, Miss., with a warrant to search Bond’s vehicle, a white Chevrolet truck.
Although it has been reported in social media sites that Ann Bond’s body has been found, Whittington said that information is inaccurate, and the woman is still missing.
Whittington said authorities are currently searching places that Robert Bond is known to frequent along with hunting property that he owns in Bossier and Webster parishes in hopes of locating Ann Bond’s body. “We’re going to keep looking until we do,” he said.
Authorities in Webster Parish and in Mississippi have been working closely with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in this case.
It is not known what motive Bond might have had to kill his wife. The sheriff said that the Bonds had been having marital troubles and had been separated for about three weeks. “At this point, that’s really all we know as to what a possible motive could be,” he said.
“We’re investigating all leads. We’ve heard a lot of things over the last 24 hours. We’re trying to sort out what exactly did happen,” said Whittington. “We’re working night and day and every possible lead we can to hopefully find Mrs. Bond.
“We’re asking for the public, please, if either of them were able to call you or if anybody saw that vehicle in a particular area, we want to know about it,” the sheriff said.
Authorities are asking for anyone with any information about this case to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 965-2203.