Bay County Sheriff's Office Investigates Suspicious Death

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Bay County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death in Panama City Beach. 

A man was found dead in a motel room earlier this afternoon and his death is raising some questions. Room 124 at the Coconut Grove Motor Hotel Lodge on Front Beach Road, active with investigators. 
Around 4:35 Thursday afternoon, deputies responded to a 911 call from the staff at the motel.  "Motel management had noticed that they had not seen the occupant of the room in some time and went to check on him and discovered him inside the room," said Bay Co. Sheriff's Office, Lt. Jeremy Mathis.

Motel staff discovered a man's lifeless body, unsure of how long he had been dead. Deputies arrived at the scene and immediately started to evaluate the situation in order to help them determine the cause of death.

"We'll work with the medical examiner to determine more approximate or a better time frame of when this death could have happened," said Mathis. 

Officials with the sheriff's office say this is an unattended death investigation but they are treating it like a homicide until more information emerges. Officials have determined the man's death to be suspicious.

"Some of the circumstances, some of the factors found inside of the room and some of the information we have developed since we've been here, make us ask a few more questions," said Mathis.
The victim has been identified as Gerald Richard Breen, Jr.

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