Florida police are on the hunt for a couple on an alleged killing rampage that has left three dead and one injured so far.
On Jan. 31, the bodies of Alicia Ann Greer, 30, and Jacqueline Jeanette Moore, 39, were found at the Emerald Sands Inn in Milton, Florida, reports The Washington Post. Police initially thought the deaths were an isolated incident, but were soon proven wrong.
“It’s just unfortunate whatever was going on in their lives caused this to happen,” Scott Kaufmann, owner of the Emerald Sands Inn, told the Pensacola News Journal. “We go out of our way to make this a safe place.”
Three days later, the body of Peggy Broz, 52, was found in the yard of her Baldwin County home. She had a gunshot wound and her car, a white 2003 Chrysler Concorde, was missing from her driveway.
Police quickly identified 44-year-old William “Billy” Boyette Jr. as the suspect in both cases. Boyette was previously in a relationship with Greer and had a history of domestic abuse.
In Pensacola, Florida, 28-year-old Kayla Crocker was found in her home bleeding out from a gunshot wound. Her mother began to worry when her daughter had not shown up after work and drove to her house to check on her. At Crocker’s house, she found her daughter bleeding and her car missing.
Crocker was rushed to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Police say Boyette was accompanied by Mary Craig Rice when the pair broke into Crocker’s home, shot her, and left her to die. Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows the couple driving Crocker’s car.
“What we are experiencing is a running nightmare, quite honestly,” Chip Simmons, chief deputy of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news conference. “In short, we have a killer. He is in our midst … Everyone, and I mean everyone, should be aware of this, should be aware of what they look like.”
According to the NWF Daily News, police are offering a reward of $11,000 for information that leads to the capture of Boyette, who is the suspect in the three murders. Rice is also wanted by police for her involvement. The reward is combined from three agencies — the U.S. Marshals Service, the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers and the Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers — as well as a $1,000 private donation.
Police are unsure of the relationship between Boyette and Rice, but believe she is a suspect rather than a kidnapping victim, as she has been spotted on her own during the manhunt. She reportedly dyed her hair orange.
“There was sufficient time, if you will, for her to make an escape,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. “To walk away, seek refuge, if you will, for safety, but she returned continually to [Boyette].”
Police released grainy photos of the two suspects in the woods, citing the source as a “surveillance system.” Boyette can be seen in the photo holding a handgun.
Sources: The Washington Post, Pensacola News Journal, NWF Daily News / Photo credit: Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office via NWF Daily News