Bossier City man charged with murder appears in court, business partner still missing

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A police report on the arrest of a Bossier City man reported missing last week shows he was cooperative with officers when he was arrested on a warrant for murder on Saturday.

43-year-old John Hardy was taken into custody early Saturday morning in Shreveport by the U.S. Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force working with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office at the request of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hardy’s arrest came hours after a warrant was signed by a Bossier Parish judge charging him with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He was handed over to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning before he was booked into Bossier Max on $1.3 million bond.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report indicates a weapon was used in the murder Hardy is accused of committing, but that it has not been recovered. Authorities have not identified who they believe Hardy killed.

Hardy appeared in Judge Mike Nerren’s court Monday morning via video from Bossier Maximum Security in Plain Dealing, La., where he is being held. Hardy told the judge he was unable to afford an attorney, and Nerren referred him to the Bossier Public Defenders office.

Hardy was reported missing by his family on February 19, hours after he was seen just before noon at his Golden Meadows home in south Bossier City and almost a month after his business partner Garrett Wilson was reported missing.

According to sources close to both men, Wilson had been helping Hardy run his HVAC business after Hardy injured himself last year.

Both men were listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Last week, Bossier City police confirmed that Hardy filed a police report on Feb. 5 claiming $80,000 had been stolen from his business.

While BCPD said Hardy’s disappearance and the theft from his business are two separate cases, investigators are looking into whether they were connected. They started looking into a connection after Hardy went missing.

On Friday, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed human remains were found on a hunting lease where Hardy was connected to in the Rocky Mount community.

Those remains have been turned over to the Bossier Parish Coroner’s Office for identification.

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