The massive manhunt continues for fugitive William "Billy" Boyette Jr. and his accomplice, Mary Rice, who have eluded multiple law enforcement agencies for a week.

The massive manhunt continues for fugitive William "Billy" Boyette Jr. and his accomplice, Mary Rice, who have eluded multiple law enforcement agencies for a week.

Their latest victim was a woman shot during a second carjacking in their crime spree that has stretched from Milton to Lillian, Alabama.

In a Facebook Live press conference Monday morning, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that 28-year-old Kayla Crocker was taken to a Pensacola hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds during a home invasion at the 8400 block of Beulah Road near Twenty One Oaks Drive. Her 2-year-old son was in the residence, but was unharmed. Crocker is listed in critical condition as of Monday afternoon.

"We do believe Mr. Boyette was engaged in this attempted murder," Morgan said of the Monday morning shooting.

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.


After the latest incident, law enforcement was looking for a 2006 white Chevy Cobalt with the license plate 9613BJ that Boyette stole after shooting Crocker. It was first erroneously reported that the vehicle had been abandoned at the Alabama/Florida Welcome Center rest stop on I-10. The couple, however, are believed to still be in the vehicle, which has an oval sticker in the back window with a skull and crossbones. The Cobalt also is identifiable by a damaged right rear passenger door.

Morgan said Boyette, 44, and Rice, 37, were spotted Monday morning following the carjacking at a local Shell station near Nine Mile Road in Pensacola. The pair also stopped at a Hardee's for breakfast. He noted that Boyette stayed in the car while Rice made the purchases. Her hair has been dyed orange.

In the second press conference of the day Monday afternoon, Morgan said Rice's status has been upgraded to that of a suspect in the case as she has had "sufficient time" to make an escape. He also said the department has reason to believe the pair could have received assistance and warned that anyone caught helping them would be "prosecuted to the fullest extent."

Bill Eddins, state attorney for Florida's First Judicial Circuit, said he talked with Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson and the department will be holding a press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday with information following their investigation of the Jan. 31 shooting.

ECSO has increased the number of uniformed and plain clothes officers working as Boyette and Rice remain at-large. Lamar Advertising has donated the use of electronic billboards throughout the search areas to alert the public.

Morgan said the case has been "frustrating" as Boyette and Rice are constantly mobile. He also expressed frustration of false rumors spread on social media.

"We've been chasing a lot of shadows and rumors," he said. "Social media is a little like fire ... we love the tips, but with misinformation we're doing double duty."

In a report from WALA Fox News 10 in Mobile, Alabama, Baldwin County School officials were on high alert Monday as the search for Boyette and Rice appeared headed back across the state line. “School principals are aware of the search and very alert to the matter at hand,” said spokesperson Terry Wilhite. “Law enforcement says there’s no action schools should take at this time but, like the general public, we’re going about the day with an abundance of caution.”

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."

Boyette now is considered the suspect by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office in the shooting deaths of Alicia Ann Greer, 30, and Jacqueline Jeanette Moore, 39, at Emerald Sands Inn.

A warrant later in the week was signed in Baldwin County for Boyette's arrest on a charge of capital murder for the shooting death of 52-year-old Peggy Phillips Broz. Boyette killed Broz in the front yard of her home in Lillian on Friday morning during a carjacking. That vehicle, a 2003 white Chrysler Concord, was later found abandoned near Interstate 10 and Nine Mile Road outside Pensacola.

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).