The mother of Ben Stanford
has issued a 100 thousand dollar reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of her son
Benjamin Stanford. The Carroll County Coroner preliminary ruled
Stanford’s death a suicide. Stanford’s mom isn't convinced that her
son's death is in fact a suicide. Stanford’s body was found about a mile
from where his car was last found on Interstate 20 in Villa Rica, Georgia.
The death of Lincoln teen Ben Stanford has been ruled a suicide, Carroll County, Ga., Coroner Sammy Eady said Tuesday.
Stanford, who had been missing for more than a week before his body was found Tuesday, died of a contact gunshot wound to the head, Eady said. Stanford's body was found about a quarter mile from where his car had been abandoned off Interstate 20.
Eady said a .25-caliber automatic handgun was found next to the body and evidence matches a determination of suicide.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The family of an east Alabama teenager found dead in Georgia is questioning whether his death was actually a suicide.
Now, the Stanford family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for his death.
17-year-old Benjamin Stanford of Talladega disappeared November 5th. His body was found eight days later off Interstate 20 in Villa Rica, Georgia. A preliminary report from the Carroll County coroner said the high school senior died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Stanford is the grandson of Democratic state Senator Jim Preuitt of Talladega.
Stanford's father, Bill Stanford, said the family decided to post the reward to get more answers.
Bill Stanford said he's concerned that searchers never found his son's cell phone, billfold and car keys. He's also concerned that his son was shot behind the ear, which would be an awkward position for placing a gun in a suicide.