In tragic, final photographs, posted on August 30, 2015, the day of the murder, Jolee Callan is seen looking over at a forest along the Pinhoti Trail of Cheaha State Park–only moments before Loren Bunner shot her twice in the head and pushed her off a cliff.
During his trial in July, Bunner changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and was sentenced to 52 years in jail.
Bunner’s story at the time of the murder was that he and Jolee had a suicide pact and said they were going to jump off the cliff together, but when they got there, neither could go through with it.
So, Bunner cold-heartedly shot Jolee in the back of the head so she “wouldn’t see it coming”.
But, according to Clay County Web, that was proven false after an autopsy proved Jolee had been shot not only once in the back of the head as claimed, but at point-blank between the eyes, before Bunner threw her body off the cliff.
After the murder, Bunner left the scene and called 911 to confess to the murder.
During the trial, the court heard Bunner’s 911 recording, which was entered in as state’s evidence. On the recording, he said, “I want to turn myself in for the murder of my ex-girlfriend, Jolee Callan that happened just a little while ago on Cheaha Mountain.”
The District Attorney, upon sentencing Bunner, said, “There are three cases of homicidal violence in this case. First, he lured her to the mountains for a symbolic hike, and then he shoots her in the back of the head while she’s looking at the view.”
“Then,” the District Attorney continues, “he flips her over and shoots her point-blank between the eyes, I think, because he wanted to look at her in the eyes, if she was still alive. Then, he drags her body to the edge of the cliff and throws her 40 feet off the cliff.”
Apparently, two days before the murder, Bunner also tried to get Jolee’s new boyfriend out of the way by soliciting a friend to kill him.
Jolee’s father, Michael, described his daughter as a “great kid, who never got into any trouble. I never had to spank her. Everyone who knew Jolee liked her. She had lots of friends and dearly loved animals. We had a great father/daughter relationship.”
Michael also said, about Bunner, “he played video games a lot, was quiet and kind of controlling. They pretty much did whatever he wanted to do.” Apparently, he threatened suicide a lot. But Jolee was the caring type, who took care of everyone, especially her friends.
What a shame. The world has lost a wonderful woman.