Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office still investigating December shooting murder

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OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL – Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators are continuing to pursue information in the shooting death of a man whose body was found along Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island the night of December 22, 2021. The victim, Christopher Menzies, left work in Miramar Beach that night around 9 p.m. and drove two co-workers home. The second co-worker says he dropped her off in Fort Walton Beach around 10 p.m. and left to go to an unknown location.

He was found deceased from multiple gunshot wounds about 45 minutes later, lying partially in an eastbound lane of Highway 98. The shooting appears to have taken place at that location. The victim was known to drive a gray 2008 Honda Odyssey van, which was found by the OCSO the next day, backed into a wooded lot on Parkview Road. Whoever was driving the van left the area either on foot or in a vehicle. Residents in that vicinity did not recognize the vehicle.

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Anyone with information about this homicide can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Tips Mobile App. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward. Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program has chipped in another $5,000 towards the reward.