(Mirror Daily, United States) – In a recent press conference, Chief Deputy Chip Simmons of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office announced that several state agencies had been mobilized for a statewide manhunt for serial killer William Boyette, and his accomplice Mary Craig Rice.
Boyette and Rice’s killing spree claimed the life of at least three people, and, according to Simmons, a fourth victim in critical condition has been identified on Monday.
William Boyette and Mary Rice’s latest victim is 28-year-old Kayla Crocker from Pensacola. Deputies responding to a 911 call initiated by Crocker’s mother discovered the woman lying on the floor with a gunshot wound. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Doctors said that Crocker’s condition is critical. The woman has been discovered by her mother after failing to show up for work that day. Crocker’s 2-year-old son was in the house when Boyette shot the woman, but he was unharmed.
However, the deputies discovered that, after shooting Crocker, the criminal duo stole the victim’s car, a white Chevrolet Cobalt. Chief Simmons said that the car theft at Crocker’s residence is consistent with William Boyette and Mary Rice’s MO.
According to Chief Simmons, until Monday afternoon, Rice was considered a person of interest in William Boyette’s case, but after reviewing security footage pulled from the woman’s home, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office upgraded her status from person of interest to prime suspect/accomplice.
Since the ESCO commenced the statewide manhunt for the two suspects, many deputies have been pulled from their home investigation tasks in order to help search for William Boyette and Mary Rice. Police presence has been increased especially around the small communities where Boyette’s killing spree began.
During the same press conference, Chief Simmons declared that Boyette began his homicidal career in Milton. On the 31st of January, the authorities discovered two bodies near Emerald Sand Inn, one of them belonging to Alicia Greer, a 30-year-old woman, and, allegedly Boyette’s girlfriend.
The man’s second victim was 39-year-old Jacqueline Jeanette Moore. Authorities have strong reasons to believe that after the duo murderer Moore in her house, they traveled to Lillian, where Boyette fatally shot Peggy Broz. The victim’s vehicle was also stolen but was later recovered by the authorities who found it abandoned in a remote area from Pensacola.
At the moment, Chief Simmons said the entire state is on high alert, and the citizens should remain vigilant and dial 911 if they see anyone matching Boyette’s description. When the man was last seen, he was wearing a light blue Denim shirt, black T-shirt, black trousers, and wearing a black backpack. Rice, his partner in crime, was wearing an orange blouse, black jeans, carrying a bottle containing an orange liquid in her left hand, and several plastic bags in her right hand.
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