Man found shot in head behind wheel of car

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

March 8, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A killer is on the loose and a family is desperately searching for answers after deputies found 21-year-old Corey Joseph slumped behind the wheel of his car, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators are looking for two young men who were in the car last night on Kensington Drive.

Corey Joseph's stepfather tells us he gave Corey some gas money before Corey went to work last night.

What investigators don't understand is why his body was found only five miles from home when he was supposed to be at work.

Around 8 o'clock last night, Von Daniels got the phone call she never wanted. Deputies on the other end told her that her son Corey Joseph wouldn't be coming home.

"I knew last night he wasn't coming home, but it didn't make it easier this morning," Von said. "I was still expecting him to come through the doors."

Family members went to the scene of the crime today to try to piece together the last minutes of Corey's life and figure out why anyone would want him dead.

"He never got in trouble," Corey's stepfather, Lorenzo Daniels, told News 12. "Strange what happened here."

"He was no street kid," said Corey's aunt, Nancy Hamp. "Everyone loved him."

Patricia Frazier was in bed watching TV when she heard Corey's car plow through her fence and crash into her storage shed.

"My neighbor said he was already dead...he was shot in the head," Patricia recalled.

Investigators found Corey's lifeless body slumped behind the wheel of his car. Now they want to know why the two men who were in his car when it crashed are nowhere to be found.

"We know they were confronted by at least two witnesses, and one of them was covered in blood," Sgt. Richard Roundtree told News 12. "The subjects are still out there."

Corey's family says they're not giving up until the person responsible for pulling the trigger is put behind bars where he belongs.

"You can run and you can hide but we will hunt you down," Nancy said. "There will not be a moment we won't be searching for you. This is not the end."

Investigators are still looking for the two men that were in the car with Cory last night when he died.

The first person is described as a black male between 16 and 18 years old, about 5' 3" to 5' 6" tall, 120 to 150 pounds with small twists or braids in his hair.

The second person is described as a 17- or 18-year-old black male, about 5' 6" with a short afro.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


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