Fort Walton Double Murder Suspect Chad Ankenbrand “Armed and Dangerou” Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office Reports

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FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – Authorities are still seeking a ‘person of interest’ after two bodies were discovered in Bentwood Home Lane on Tuesday.

Autopsies have been scheduled for the victims of a double homicide discovered inside a home near Fort Walton Beach February 1st. The bodies of 52-year old Annastacia Merrell and her co-worker, 51-year old Patrick Tymoch, were discovered at Merrell’s Bentwood Lane home by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies during a welfare check.

Investigators say it appears the pair died from gunshots and it’s believed the violence may have taken place on Monday.The search continues for a person of interest, 47-year old Chad Ankenbrand. Ankenbrand is considered armed and dangerous. If spotted do not attempt to make contact. He’s believed to be driving a black Ford Mustang convertible with Florida tag 36BAWX.

The car is missing its back window and passenger side mirror.



Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCSO at 850.651.7400 or their nearest local law enforcement agency. Tips can be submitted anonymously at Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers – 850.863.TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 Tips mobile application.