Man with Florala ties wanted

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A person of interest in three recent murders over the past two days is said to have ties to the Florala area.

Derrick Ray Thompson, 41, the handyman being sought in connection with Sunday’s double homicide in Milton, also is now being sought in connection with a third murder in Bay County on Monday.

Thompson’s silver Ford F-150 was found in the yard of former Bay County sheriff’s investigator and nightclub owner Alan Johnson, 67, who was found dead in his house in Panama City Monday afternoon, according to Ruth Corley with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Bay County Sheriff’s officials believe Thompson left the scene of the homicide in Johnson’s silver Toyota Tacoma, having left his own truck in Johnson’s yard.

Law enforcement was already on the lookout for Thompson in connection to the murders of Steven and Debra Zackowski, 60 and 59, who were found dead in their home on Goliath Road in Milton Sunday.

Prior to the murders on Sunday, sheriff’s deputies were called to the Zackowski home Saturday morning, after Steven Zackowski accused Thompson of stealing several items – including house keys – while in the Zackowski home, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office offense report.

Thompson is now believed to be driving Johnson’s vehicle, a silver Toyota Tacoma with tag number VY-105. Thompson is a white male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 225 pounds.

Deputies believe Thompson is likely armed.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 850-437-7867.