Homicide in Benton Harbor

The victim of this homicide was identified as NOVENA P. MATHIS, age 38, of Benton Harbor.

The suspect in this case is WILLIAM “COONIE” EDWARDS, age 38, also of Benton Harbor
BENTON HARBOR HOMICIDE 1/7/18
 
On January 7th 2018 the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responded to a call of a
missing person. A young woman was reported to be missing when she failed to return home
after being gone for several hours. The family reported her as an endangered missing person.
 
BHDPS began an investigation into the complaint, and later located her vehicle parked in the
Hayward Wells apartment complex in Benton Harbor. When officers approached the vehicle,
they discovered the body of a female inside. The body was subsequently confirmed to be that
of the missing woman. Police immediately suspected foul play.
 
The investigation quickly ascertained the identity of the suspect. The victim and the suspect
had been involved in a long term relationship. The suspect had fled to Kalamazoo, however, he
was arrested and lodged by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety on unrelated drug and
weapon charges. A warrant request is pending in Berrien County for Open Murder.
 
** Update**
 
The victim of this homicide was identified as NOVENA P. MATHIS, age 38, of Benton Harbor.
Ms. Mathis was a long time Benton Harbor resident.
 
The suspect in this case is WILLIAM “COONIE” EDWARDS, age 38, also of Benton Harbor.
The suspect and victim have been in a long term relationship for about 20 years. They shared
two children in common.
 
There has been a history of domestic violence in the relationship.
The autopsy was conducted today at 10:00AM in Kalamazoo. It was rule a homicide by
gunshot wound.
 
A warrant was authorized for Mr. William Edwards for OPEN MURDER, FELON IN
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM and FELONY FIREARM. Mr. Edwards is still being held
pending his charges in Kalamazoo. A hold has been placed for him to be returned to Berrien
County at the conclusion of case there.



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