Arrest warrant issued for person of interest in Knox Co. double homicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in a double homicide in Knox County.

Travis Bonham, 31, is now charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

Officers tell us investigators from Knox County seized a Dodge Charger found in Columbus overnight. The car was found abandoned with no license plates at East Mound Street and Byron Avenue.

Knox County Suspect CarInvestigators say it is the same Dodge Charger that Knox County Sheriff’s Office asked people to be on the lookout for, connected to a double homicide case on Wednesday.

The search continues for Bonham. He has been listed as a person of interest after his mother and girlfriend were found dead in Knox County.

According to an alert issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bonham may now be driving a red Ford Mustang with Michigan plates.

The bodies of 50-year-old Sandra Lee Stelk and 23-year-old Jaime Lynn Barber were found Wednesday morning inside of a home in the 1800 block of Coshocton Road in Knox County.

Bonham is described as a 31-year-old white male, heavily tattooed, average build, medium height.

Police say anyone who sees Bonham should call 911.

NBC4 talked to his stepfather David Stelk, who has a message for Bonham.

“Turn yourself in Travis, please end it.”

Sandra Stelk’s cousin Earsel Elkins said the family was up all night sharing memories of Sandra and waiting for word of Bonham’s arrest.

“I don’t know anyone that did not like her, if they did not it was probably on them, because she always helped everyone,” he said.

Bonham has been in Licking County Court several times for violent acts and the car theft and probation violation could put him behind bars while the investigation continues. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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