It’s been nine years and still nothing on the shooting death of former Doraville police officer Anita Redmond, who was working a part-time job collecting $8 admission fees at the west gate into Stone Mountain Park when she was killed.
“We have exhausted every lead,” Stone Mountain Park Police Chief Chuck Kelley said Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of Redmond’s death. “We ran down every lead twice and the leads have just dried up.” Despite a $55,000 reward. “I think that somebody out there knows who committed this crime,” said Kelley. “At some point, hopefully, they’ll tell somebody.” Redmond, 63 and a 30-year veteran of the Doraville Police Department, saw the robber coming early July 16, 2005, and had time to shout the code for armed robbery, “44, 44, 44, to the communications operator on the phone. “She knew she was about to be robbed,” Kelley said. “The operator heard the shot. There was a (park police) officer down the street and he was there in 42 seconds. And there was nobody around.”
As they have on every other anniversary, Redmond’s daughters, grandchildren and now a great-grandchild visit the memorial near the booth where Redmond was shot dead at 12:30 a.m. on July 16, 2005. The family left a dozen red roses inside the gate house where Redmond died and another dozen red roses and white roses at the memorial nearby. Mona Giroux, one of Redmond’s three daughters, said she is confident the crime will be solved. “We’re just waiting for the right mouth to talk and the right ears to hear,” Giroux told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Everything happens in its own time.”
Anyone with any information can call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tip line at 1-800-597-8477. the Stone Mountain Park Police at 770-498-5675 or Crimestoppers at 404-577-8477. Tips can also be left on the GBI’s website.