LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - The Lee County Coroner's Office has reported their findings of the male body found in Lee County on Wednesday.
The body of William Lewis Foreman, 67, of Opelika, was found on Lee Road 170 at the intersection of Lee Road 401 in Salem on Sept. 1. Foreman had been shot multiple times.
Mr. Foreman's cab was found burned at an apartment complex in Columbus on Aug. 30. A preliminary autopsy report indicates this case is being investigated as a homicide.
Lee County Sheriff's Office investigators are convinced the person or persons who burned Foreman's taxi cab are the same people that shot and killed the grandfather of 14.
"The vehicle was found on old Cusseta Road over in Columbus, GA shortly after midnight Wednesday morning," said Captain Van Jackson with the Lee County Sheriff's Office. "We believe the offenders burned this vehicle in an attempt to hide evidence of their identity."
The murder investigation stretches across two states, so there's a good chance that someone saw the white mini-van with the Fast Service Cab Logo on the front doors around the time of the murder, last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
"If you saw anyone in the company of our victim we would like to know so we can try to talk with them and track his steps because we believe sometime over the course of that evening he did cross paths with the killer," Capt. Jackson said.
Foreman's family believes he murdered during a robbery, which they say is especially tragic considering he was known for his generosity and offered free cab rides or help through his Opelika church where he was a deacon.
He was laid to rest this week, and his widow Edna Freeman prays for comfort and justice.
"You didn't have to do him like you did him," Edna said. "So sleep well, your days are numbered… your days are numbered."
If anyone has any information that would be helpful in this case, please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 334-749-5651 or the Lee County Coroner's Office at 334-737-3620. You can remain anonymous.
Foreman's wife called her husband a great man, a church deacon and a loving husband and grandfather.