Sontag murder investigation continues

Published 10:49 am Thursday, July 4, 2024

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a Sontag murder.

On Friday, June 21, Sheriff Ryan Everett said his office was investigating a homicide on Smith Ferry Road that had occurred prior to 8 a.m. He asked for information to be shared with the SO or Crime Stoppers.

The victim of the crime was later identified as 71-year-old Greg Schoonover.

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On Wednesday, July 3, Everett said, “Between our investigators and me, we have spent hundreds of hours combined trying to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice. This is one of those investigations that has gone back and forth, left and right, up and down and upside down. We are nowhere near done and won’t be until the responsible party/parties is/are arrested and brought before a judge and jury.”

Any information shared by the public has been “extremely limited,” Everett said.

“If you have information and for whatever reason you fail to disclose it to us, in my eyes, you are just as guilty as the one(s) who physically have his death on their hands,” Everett said. “It is my earnest prayer that God will allow your conscience to attack your body from the inside, out. I pray that you keep the most severe migraine headache all while suffering from nausea and running off from the stomach. I hope and pray that this is the most physically sickening condition you can ever possibly be in until you do the right thing and get it off of you by sharing your burden with us.”

Schoonover was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“If you classify yourself as a friend of his and you have information, you owe it to him to come forward,” said Everett. “As an American citizen, you owe it to him to come forward if you have any potential information. As a living, breathing human being with a soul and a conscience, you owe it to him to forward any helpful information to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 601-587-2961 or Pine Belt Crime Stoppers at 1-888-8CRIMES.