An overnight search leads Calhoun County Sheriff’s investigators to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, where Dan Belc turned himself in for killing his estranged wife.
Shortly after midnight Friday, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding shots being fired at a home on Dessie Stone Road in Blountstown.
Deputies immediately responded to the scene.
“The homeowner told deputies that his sister had been staying with him and that his sisters estranged husband had came to the home and that he heard his sister and her estranged husband arguing,” said Sheriff Glen Kimbrel, Calhoun County.
Kimbrel said that the homeowner then heard multiple gun shots.
After he heard a vehicle leave the property and felt like it was safe to check outside.
He told authorities he couldn’t find his sister, Judith Belc, or her husband, Dan Belc.
“The deputies began to investigate and several shell casings were found on the ground and also found blood on the ground,” said Kimbrel.
Authorities said they tried to locate the vehicle through various methods of technology.
Kimbrel said, around four Friday morning, Belc made a phone call to a family member.
“Fortunately this family member was able to convince him to turn himself into the nearest law enforcement agency that he could locate and that is what he did,” said Kimbrel.
Belc stopped at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and confessed to shooting and killing his wife, and that her body is outside in the trunk of his car.
“We did discover that he did apparently do exactly what he had said he had done,” said Kimbrel.
Belc is in custody in Jackson County and is charged with one count of first degree pre-meditated murder.
Sheriff Kimbrel said that Belc has dual citizenship in Germany, and that they have been in constant communication with the German consulate.