Murder Probe Underway in Destin

Okaloosa County sheriff officials are still looking for a so-called person of interest in a homicide investigation.

Forty-one-year-old Ben Lee Metcalf is the man deputies would like to talk to. Investigators say they want to question him about a body they found Thursday in an abandoned gift shop called the Spunky Monkey in Destin.

A water company worker called 9-1-1 after he detected a strong odor coming from the store on Harbor Boulevard.

Deputies discovered the body inside. The apparent murder victims has been identified as 42 year old Lannie Wells, Sr. Deputies have not released any details about how he may have been killed.

Nor have they said what Metcalf's connection may be to this investigation, but they are still collecting evidence.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS.


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