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Employer calls loss of Annie Bond an impossible void to fill

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

'Walking angel' with a 'contagious laugh' - that's how those who knew her describe Annie Bond.

Now, an empty desk still bearing Annie's business cards is what greets customers instead of her smiling face.

"She was the kind that if you were going to be a second late, you'd get a text message or a phone call."

So when she failed to show up Thursday to Encore Event Rentals in Shreveport, her boss Harold Sater knew something was wrong.

"I had Tracey, [another employee], go over to the house and when she got there, she found the keys laying on the front porch."

She also found Annie's car still parked inside the garage.

Sater says he's known Annie's estranged husband Robert - or Robbie - professionally for a few years, and though Annie had only been at Encore since February, she was already a part of the family.

"When it first happened, all my people wanted to go help look for her and I told them, 'guys, that's not our field.' I was just trying to get them to focus on what we needed to do here."

And as her fellow employees work to move ahead, that empty desk sits as a constant reminder that there's someone special missing.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful person."

Annie spent 20 years as the secretary and bookkeeper for the Bossier Parish Schools Evaluation Center.

She retired from that position in 2010.

Authorities have been searching for Annie Bond since Thursday.

Her estranged husband, Robert, was found asleep in his truck at a rest stop in Gautier, MS, after agreeing to help search for her and never showing up.

When officers approached his truck, authorities say he shot himself. Bond remains hospitalized in serious condition.

It's still not clear if he's awake and able - or willing - to communicate with investigators.

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