UPDATED @ 8:51 PM. 6:30 PM. BREAKING NEWS. The Body of Amanda Bond Has Been RecoveredRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 14 2016 6:45 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: 6:30 PM. The Houston County Sheriff Department has recovered the body of 36 year old Amanda Bond.
The discovery was late this afternoon on Highway 109 just inside the Alabama line.
Since October 31 some 4,200 or more manhours have been logged in the search for Amanda Bond. Basic law enforcement work "boots on the ground" investigative work resulted in the discovery of the body.
A Sheriff Investigator who was searching saw a path and checked it out. That is when the discovery was made.
Sheriff Donald Valenza and Criminal Investigators are processing the crime scene.
PLEASE STAY AWAY.
The Sheriff is expected to hold a press conference in the morning.
UPDATED @ 8:51 PM
The people of Houston County need to know a couple of things:
1. When Amanda's body was found, which does have to be confirmed through forensics, Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza "personally" went to Amanda's families home to notify them. Valenza did not send anyone, but he himself went.
2. Every member of the Houston County Sheriff Department gave more than 100% effort in working to locate Amanda. From Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Vice, Communication, volunteers from many rescue, fire and individuals worked hard and long to locate Amanda.
3. Sheriff Donald Valenza himself, since October 31, has been walking woods, ditches, everywhere with others looking. He did not just "send" people but he "participated" in the searches.
4. Other agencies with specialities in training and equipment assisted in the search.
5. Many people prayed specifically for the Sheriff Department. After the weekend searches, hope was growing thin. But the prayers worked.
6. On October 31 and through that night, based on the information available to the Sheriff Department at that time, the Houston County Sheriff Department utilized every resource available to attempt to locate Amanda if she was still alive. Yes, she was found elsewhere, but based on all information available at the time, the Sheriff Department did all that could be done.
7. The two most senior criminal investigators with the Sheriff Department, Sheriff Valenza and retired Alabama Bureau of Investigation Captain Barry Tucker questioned the suspect Joshua Tew before arresting him for Capital Murder. He would not provide information to assist. And if these two could not get it out of him, he was difficult.
None of the above information have I been asked to share. But the people need to know ALLOF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT and other agencies have given this case all of their focus and personal attention.
Now comes all of the cataloging of details in order to prosecute and obtain a conviction.
THANKS TO ALL INVOLVED...