William Bonhart was 53 years old when he was murdered in Riverdale, Georgia, and the person responsible for his death has yet to be brought to justice.
On the night of Oct. 22, 2018, officers with the Clayton County Police Department were dispatched to a neighborhood on Wilson Road, near the intersection with Osbourne Court, after receiving a call about a shooting.
When they arrived on the scene, they uncovered a man, later identified as Bonhart, of Fayetteville, lying face down in the middle of the roadway.
Emergency first responders pronounced Bonhart dead at the scene, according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.
His body was transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The results revealed that Bonhart died from multiple gunshot wounds.
A neighbor told investigators that when he heard gunshots around 7 p.m., he walked outside. That’s when he said he saw Bonhart lying mortally injured in the roadway.
He added that he then saw a man running away from a black 2008 Chevy Impala, which was Bonhart’s vehicle, and then it drove off.
Witnesses could not describe the man, who could be a person of interest in Bonhart’s murder.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported that Bonhart’s vehicle was later found abandoned in the Atlanta area.
Police officials said they have searched the scene for evidence, but they have yet to divulge if they’ve found anything that could help bring the killer to justice.
The community was stunned after learning about Bonhart’s murder, as it occurred so close to homes where children often played outside.
One resident said, “I pray that justice will be served for the family, for the family’s sake.”
Captain Scott Stubbs with the Clayton County Police Department stated that before Bonhart was gunned down, he was last seen leaving his job near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Stubbs said his case remains a mystery and that they “have no actual witness to the gunshots being fired and striking him.”
The Clayton County Police Department continues to investigate his murder.
Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of William Bonhart is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. A reward of $2,000 may be offered for information. Tipsters can remain anonymous.