Day 7 of the manhunt has law enforcement searching a rural wooded area outside Pensacola where William "Billy" Boyette is familiar from past drug dealings.
As indicated during a Facebook Live press conference Monday by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, authorities have focused their search on possible encampment areas in the Nine Mile Road area outside Pensacola for wanted fugitives William "Billy" Boyette Jr. and Mary Rice.
Entering Day 7 of the manhunt, the couple are being sought in the murders of three women and the shooting of a fourth who remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Morgan noted during the press conference that Boyette is very familiar with the rural location off Nine Mile Road from past drug dealings. The sheriff also mentioned authorities believe there may be friends in the area helping the couple hide. Morgan warned that anyone caught helping them would be "prosecuted to the fullest extent."
On Monday, 28-year-old Kayla Crocker became the fourth victim of the crime spree involving Boyette and Rice when she was shot during a home invasion at the 8400 block of Beulah Road near Twenty One Oaks Drive outside Pensacola. Crocker is the first surviving victim and is hospitalized in critical condition.
During the home invasion, Crocker's 2006 white Chevy Cobalt with the license plate 9613BJ was carjacked. Boyette, 44, and Rice, 37, were spotted later Monday morning at a local Shell station near Nine Mile Road. The pair also stopped at a Hardee's for breakfast. Morgan noted that Boyette stayed in the car while Rice made the purchases. Her hair has been dyed orange.
The Cobalt is identifiable by an oval sticker in the back window with a skull and crossbones. The vehicle also has a damaged right rear passenger door.
Boyette first was being sought by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office as a person of interest in the shooting deaths of Alicia Ann Greer, 30, and Jacqueline Jeanette Moore, 39, at Emerald Sands Inn on U.S. Highway 90 in Milton on Jan. 31. The bodies of both victims from Escambia County were found inside a room. He is now considered the prime suspect in the double homicide.
A warrant later in the week was signed across the state line in Baldwin County for Boyette's arrest on a charge of capital murder for the shooting death of 52-year-old Peggy Phillips Broz at her Lillian, Alabama, home. Boyette killed Broz in the front yard of her residence on Friday morning during a carjacking. That vehicle, a 2003 white Chrysler Concord, was later found abandoned near Interstate 10 and Nine Mile Road.
Morgan advised that if anyone were to come in contact with Boyette that they should not try to engage with him. Both he and Rice are believed to be armed and dangerous, according to ECSO.
"This gentleman is a killer," Morgan said. "He has gone above what we normally deem as incorrigible."
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy said Monday a donated $10,000 from Florida Department of Law Enforcement has brought the total reward for information leading to the capture of Boyette and Rice to $21,000.
Aloy, who also is the coordinator for Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers, said they have received a lot of calls. He also stressed that all tips are completely anonymous.
"(The calls) are sent to a call center in Canada and the information is passed along to us in an e-mail," he said. "We have no access to caller IDs, no access to IP addresses ... we're following up on all of the leads within our boundaries ... we need this guy off the streets."
If you have a tip, which can remain anonymous, contact Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers at 850-437-STOP (7867) or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP (7867). Click on the name of both agencies to go directly to their web pages where tips also can be left anonymously.