Public's Help Sought in Death Probe

Taylor County Sheriff's Office commissioned a facial reconstruction of some skeletal remains that were collected by FDLE's Crime Scene Unit. Images of the reconstruction can be found at

The remains, which were located near the Florida Panhandle town of Tennille, are believed to be those of a white male, age 40 to 50, about 5’6” to 6’3” tall.

A suicide note dated Jan. 6, 1999, was found at the scene and said, “This was a suicide. The approximate $150 in my pocket will help pay for any related expenditures of disposing of the body. Sorry for all the inconvenience. I was an out of state resident.” Information from the Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that there was a single gunshot wound to the skull. The death was ruled a suicide.

Found at the scene were a Franklin Brand hard suitcase with the initials “MLB,” a John Coltrane CD, Lucky Strike cigarettes with a New York tax stamp, Giorgio Armani prescription glasses, London Fog overcoat, brown leather belt with approximate size 34, and other clothing and personal belongings.

The weapon found at the scene was a Charter Arms 38 Cal. Special Revolver. ATF trace shows the gun was shipped from the manufacturer to Howard Brother Wholesale Distributors in Monroe, LA.

If anyone has information that might lead to the identification of this person, please call Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Ron Rice at 850-838-3505.