Homicide Investigation- UPDATE
Major Crimes Detectives with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office have been working the homicide investigation of Stephen Richmond Rice. Back in late march on this year, Rice was found deceased inside his home on Persimmon Hollow Road in Milton Florida.
Rice was a white male, 43 years of age with grey hair and hazel eyes. He weighed 312 lbs and has lived in both Santa Rosa County and Escambia County.
Rice operated a business via the internet and person to person sales. Detectives are interested in speaking with any of his customers which may have purchased items from him or may have sold items to him.
Detectives are not looking at his transactions as they are not in question. We believe there may be a customer that can potentially provide us with important information.
Investigators are also interested in speaking with anyone who may also have purchased, sold, or interacted with his roommate John Palmer within the month of March and or April.
If you were a customer of Rice or Palmer, we urge you to contact Detective Baney at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office; 850-983-1296.
Anyone with information which you want to remain anonymous; you can contact the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers Program at 850-437-STOP or submit a WebTip at www.SRCCS.com.
The Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers Program is offering an increased REWARD of up to $5000.00. Your identity will remain confidential.
If your tip leads to an arrest then you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
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