The forensic team FACES from Baton Rouge has determined the remains found in northern Webster Parish earlier this week are those of Ann Bond, 46, of Bossier.
Bond went missing last Thursday after she failed to report to work. A Bossier Sheriff’s Office welfare check found her vehicle at her home and blood.
“We were determined from the very get-go to not stop until her body was found,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.
He made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the BSO substation on Viking Drive in Bossier City.
“The family has remained incredibly strong and have been an integral part of the investigation. We ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” said Whittington.
Charred remains were found in near Bayou Dorcheat close to property that Ann Bond’s estranged husband, Robert Bond, 53, used for hunting, but did not belong to him. Webster Parish officials made the discovery Monday afternoon.
“I’d like to commend Gary Sexton with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, they stuck right there with us, shoulder to shoulder,” said Whittington. “I’d like to commend our detectives and the job they’ve done helping bring closure to this.”
Robert Bond and Ann had separated less than a month ago. Robert Bond was made a suspect and a second degree murder warrant was issued for his arrest the same day as Ann’s disappearance.
He was found in by Gautier, Miss. law enforcement officers in his pick-up truck in a rest stop near the southern Mississippi town shortly after midnight on Friday. He reportedly shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber pistol as officers made contact.
He is in Singing River Hospital just outside of Gautier. He is awake and in recovery. Whittington said once medical experts determine he is stable enough to be extradited, he will face charges in Bossier Parish.
He has been charged with second-degree murder. His bond has been set at $1 million.
The forensic team is still processing the remains to determine a cause of death as well as if there was an accelerant used on the body.
Robert Bond’s truck is still being processed for evidence, as well.
Whittington said the public can still come forward if it feels it has anything that officials should know concerning the case, and praised their response since Ann Bond was reported missing.
“If anyone saw anything or knows anything relevant to the case, let us know,” said . “The public has been a tremendous help.”