PANAMA CITY-- Three people are now being charged in-connection with the murder of a local man, but they haven't actually been charged with the killing itself.
After a week and a half of uncertainty, the family of 24 year old Tavish Greene now knows what happened to him. Panama City Police say they've positively identified him as the body they found in the trunk of his car last Thursday, abandoned off East 8th Court. They also say they know who killed him and why.
Wednesday, investigators announced the arrests of Darryl Mack, Tyricka Shavon Woullard and Dontavis Terrell Thomas on conspiracy to commit robbery charges. Mack and Woullard are in jail in Covington, Georgia. Thomas is in the Bay County Jail.
Investigators say the 3 suspects met-up with Greene sometime after 2:30 in the morning on July 20th, when he was last seen at Big Daddy's nightclub.
They believe the group wound-up at a house on West 21st Street in the Drummond Park area, where Woullard was living.
"Evidence obtained from this residence indicates that the robbery occurred there. It was also learned that Woullard vacated the residence the day after the robbery and fled to Georgia with Mack," Panama City Police Officer Richard Thore said.
Tuesday the 22nd, Greene's family reported him missing, saying he'd been receiving death threats.
Turns out Greene witnessed a murder at KJ's Lounge on July 9th. Then on Thursday, July 24th, police found his car abandoned on East 8th Court, with a body in the trunk. From the condition of the remains, police believed the victim had been dead for several days.
They continued to chase leads until Wednesday, when they say the collected enough evidence to make arrests. They say robbery appears to be the sole motive.
"Mr. Greene's death is not attributed to witnessing the murder that occurred at KJ's nightclub," Thore said.
Right now, Mack, Woullard and Thomas are only charged with the robbery, but police say that will change. "We are confident that additional charges are forthcoming on all three individuals and are coordinating with the State Attorney's Office to determining the appropriate forthcoming charges," Thore said.
Police say they arrested Thomas at the Drummond Park home. He's due in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing. Mack and Woullard will be extradited back to Bay County to face their charges.
UPDATE Wednesday, 6 p.m.:
Panama City Police announced the arrest of three individuals on conspiracy to commit robbery. The victim of this robbery was Tavish Greene.
Police said Greene's body was discovered several days after the robbery in the trunk of a car. They also said his body was there several days.
"Darryl Mack, Tyricka Sharon Woullard were arrested in Covinton, Georgia, and are awaited extradition to Bay County. Dontavis Terrell Thomas was arrested in Panama City and is in the Bay County Jail. The victim of this robbery is Tavish Greene. Through our investigation a search warrant was obtained and executed on 3710 W. 21st Street in Panama City, which is the residence of Woullard. Evidence obtained from this residence indicates that the robbery occurred there. It was also learned Woullard vacated the residence the day after the robbery and fled to Georgia with Mack," said Officer Richard Thore.
Police cannot confirm right now if the robbery is drug related.
Greene's family has been notified about the arrest.
Bay County Sheriff's Office and Panama City Police are working together on this investigation.
Panama City Police received a call around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, about an abandoned vehicle off East 8th Court.
Inside the car, they found the body of a young man.
"I heard somebody say his name was TMAC, or something like that," said neighbor Renee Atkinson.
"The Medical Examiners Office is working to establish the identity of deceased person," said Richard Thore, Panama City Police Officer.
Police confirm the car belonged to 24-year old Tavish Greene, who was last seen about 2:30 Sunday morning at Big Daddy's Nightclub off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
A family member reported Greene missing on Tuesday.
Authorities also say Greene had received death threats.
Atkinson says she's shocked. "I have boys and I'll be worried about my sons and I understand what the mother is going through," she said.
She also has her own thoughts on the reasons for this recent rash of Panama City murders this summer.
"Our sin has taken over our boys, our young men. Nothing but the devil," said Atkinson.
Panama City Police are familiar with Greene.
He was 1 of 4 people arrested in 2010 on drug charges in connection with a drug-related shooting at the Gardner Dickenson Apartments.
If you have any information on this case please call the panama city police department at 872-3100.
Authorities say a body was found in the trunk of missing man Tavish Greene's trunk near the intersection of 8th and Massalina.
NewsChannel 7 will provide more details as we get them.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man missing since Sunday.
The man seen here is Tavish Greene.
Greene was reported missing Tuesday by a family member.
Police say he was last seen at Big Daddy's at 12th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Greene is 24 years old. He has multiple tattoos. The name "Kevin" is visible on one forearm and the name "Wade" is visible on the other.
Police believe he's driving a four door 2004 white Chevy Malibu with the Florida tag BJF-Y11.
Police say Greene has received death threats and they're concerned for his welfare.
If you have any information on Greene's whereabouts call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700 or CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS.