The search continues today for Annie Bond, 3 days after she was reported missing after not showing up for work and 1 day after her estranged husband shot himself as police approached his truck at a rest stop in southern Mississippi.
On Friday, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said his investigators are working on the presumption that the 46-year-old Bossier Parish woman is dead. "It's shocking, its just that we would never ever in a billion years think that would happened, its something you see in a movie," says neighbor and friend Angelo Trosclair.
Her estranged husband, 53-year-old Robert Bond, is in a Mississippi hospital recovering from what police say is a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Sheriff Whittington confirmed in a news conference early Friday afternoon that Bond shot himself as officers approached him at a rest stop on I-10 near Gautier in southern Mississippi early Friday morning.
According to Gautier Det. Sgt. Danny Patrick, Bond was asleep in his truck when officers approached and knocked on the window. At that point, Patrick says, Bond shot himself. Officers broke out the window and summoned medical help. Whittington says it was with a .22 caliber handgun.
The discovery was made soon after a warrant was issued for his arrest for second degree murder in the death of Ann Bond. His bond has been set at $1,000,000. Whittington says his investigators believe Bond may have been headed for Florida when they tracked him down at the rest stop. According to Gautier police, they were called just before midnight to check that location based on a "ping" from Ann Bond's cell phone.
Bond was taken into custody and transported to Singing River Hospital just outside of Gautier, where Whittington now says he is in serious condition. Police have said he is expected to make a full recovery. There is no word yet on whether he has made any statements to police or anyone else regarding the whereabouts of Ann Bond.
Gautier police confirm the truck has been taken into evidence, along with the handgun. Bossier investigators arrived in Gautier Friday afternoon with a warrant to search the vehicle.
Bossier Parish deputies conducting a welfare check on her at her home in the 1000 block of Wemple Road found her car in the garage and what appeared to be drops of blood in the driveway, but no sign of Annie Bond.
Earlier in the day, police say a detective made contact with Robert Bond, who reportedly agreed to come and help in the search for his estranged wife. He never showed up.
Whittington says the couple's marital troubles are a possible motive. They had been separated for about 3 weeks. Sheriff Whittington says they are working on the presumption that Ann, known as Annie to her friends and family, is dead.
"After our investigators arrived there yesterday, physical evidence collected at the home, witnesses' statements, family statements, led us to believe that something there was more than just her not reporting for work and one thing led to another and we eventually obtained the second degree murder warrant."
Police are checking places he was known to frequent, including hunting land in Webster and northern Bossier Parish.
The Bossier Sheriff's Office released a photo of Bond's truck on Friday afternoon, asking anyone who may have seen it to call with information.
"We continue our diligent search for Annie," says Whittington, "and we certainly ask for anyone with any information about where they think she might be, if they saw anything, if they talked to anybody, anywhere," to contact the sheriff's office at 318-965-2203.
"We are deeply troubled and saddened by this case," said Sheriff Whittington. "Our prayers go out to the families involved in this and I can just tell you we're looking diligently to bring this to a close as soon as we possibly can."
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
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