On January 14, 2024, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Almost Home Again, a mental health and AODA facility located at N3531 Elder Dr. in the Town of Aurora, Taylor County. The caller reported that a resident of the facility was found unconscious and unresponsive. Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies along with EMS were dispatched.
Upon arrival of EMS and Taylor County deputies it was determined that the unresponsive individual was deceased. The deceased individual was identified as 61-year-old Joseph B. Bonney. Taylor County Sheriff’s Detectives along with the Coroner arrived on scene to investigate the death. Detectives observed bruising to the victims neck as well as abrasions and some blood on the bedding.
A forensic autopsy was performed on Bonney which indicated his injuries and other findings were consist with asphyxiation related to strangulation.
The investigation to this point indicates Bonney is a victim of Homicide. A suspect in the case has been identified.
Further investigation is extensive and ongoing. No arrest has been made to date, pending further investigation. There is no threat to the community.