30-Year-Old Cold Case Murder Under Investigation


OKALOOSA - Okaloosa County Sheriff's investigators are asking for your help solving an old murder case.

Authorities found 59-year-old Leonard "Buddy" Phelps dead in the backyard of his business on October 2, 1981.

Phelps owned Phelps Brothers Boat Works off John Sims Parkway in Niceville.

Investigators say Phelps was a pretty good business man and had money.

They say whoever beat and shot him to death also ransacked the apartment Phelps had above the business.

They believe the killers motive was robbery.

Investigator Mike Irvin of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, said, "He was kind of an entrepreneur, had a little bit of real estate investments.

he built long line fishing boats, work boats. He didn't believe in banking. He financed some of the work boats that he built but he had money. He was a shrewd businessman and he had money."

Despite the fact the murder happened more than 30-years ago, Irwin is convinced there are people still living in north Okaloosa County who have information that can help solve the cold case.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Okaloosa County Sheriff's office at 689-5705.


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