A homicide that occurred days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Hub City remains unsolved.
Just shy of 10 years ago, Michael Osborne, 52, of Lamar County was killed on Dewey Street in Hattiesburg.
“Mr. Osborne was in his vehicle driving down Dewey Street, few shots rang out then Mr. Osborne’s vehicle struck the light pole here behind me,” Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.
Forrest County coroner Butch Benedict said Osborne died of a single gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Crime scene investigators worked through the night of Sept. 1, 2005, to gather as much evidence as possible.
“It was right after Katrina, the lights and all were out down here, power was out, water was out, lot of people were outside and stuff so, generators running things like that so you had a lot going on at that time,” Traxler said.
Reports show that Osborne had gone to Lowe’s to get a part for his malfunctioning generator, and he was directed to another store in a different part of town.
Police interviewed a few witnesses who said they heard shots and saw a man drive off. Police said some others said they heard shots and hit the ground.
Since then, the case has gone cold.
“We have followed all the leads we had at the time, so there for we are still trying to follow up on those same leads, but we have not got anything new in a while,” Traxler said.
The chaos from Katrina did not help the investigation.
“It did make it difficult for us to be able to do our job, because some of the houses were damaged and people weren’t in them, so what we would have had for a witness wasn’t here,” Traxler said.
Detectives are still striving to clear the decade-old case.
“It definitely means closure to us, but it also means it to the family, because at the end of the day we want to provide justice to that family of Mr. Osborne,” Traxler said.
Police said if anyone has any information no matter how small it may be to please call them and share it.
You can contact Hattiesburg police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.