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Update: Arrest Made In Connection To Fountain Homicide Case

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Bay County, Fla. -


Late this afternoon, in connection to the murder in Fountain, a Panama City man has been arrested and charged with the theft of the victims car.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says they arrested 56-year-old Philip Brock has been charged with burglary and grand theft.

Brock was found to be in possession of a vehicle owned by homicide victim Terry Brazil.

Investigators believe Brock took Brazil's vehicle. Also missing from Brazil's home are silver Bullion and coins as well as handguns.

Anyone who has been approached since December 11th by someone attempting to sell these items is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700.


Tonight we are now learning more details about the Bay County man found dead in his home in Fountain Thursday evening. Investigators say 65-year-old Terry Brazil is the victim of a homicide. Friday, they tried to piece together the events of his life, and his death.

Residents say he didn't mingle often with others and he was very much to himself, but he was quiet and kind. As investigators continue to look for leads, neighbors say they hope killer is caught soon.

Lucinda Copeland, a clerk at the Feed Barn, says Brazil's visits to the store were routine.

"He'd come in every once in a while and bought bread, cigarettes, anything else he needed," Copeland said. "He was real nice and polite."

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says his death was anything but routine.

"We do know that he met his end by foul play," said Captain Jimmy Stanford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Brazil's body was found in his home on Highway 167 in fountain. Deputies were called out Thursday after the 65-year-old missed several doctor's appointments. On Friday, the search for his killer continued.

Bay County's Search and Rescue team got involved in the investigation, as BCSO says they are using every resource available to solve this crime. As the dogs search for any clue of Brazil's demise, investigators say the time table of his death, including how long he has been deceased in the house, is still cloudy.

"He didn't show up for his doctors appointment on the 21st," Captain Stanford said. "We know he was alive on December 11th, that's the last time we know he was in fact alive."

Detectives have been able to get a hold of one critical piece of evidence - Brazil's 1990 Cadillac. After searching for it Thursday night it was found a block away from his home. As they process that piece of evidence, details of the victim's life are trickling in.

"Mr. Brazil is from Michigan, he's estranged from his family, he's kind of a loner and has very few friends...so that's making this investigation a little more difficult," Captain Stanford said.

Copeland said whenever she saw Brazil he was usually on his own.

"I didn't see nobody with him or anything like that, he comes in by himself," Copeland said.

The murder has left she and others in the small town uneasy.

"I feel safe at my home, but I don't feel obligated to go outside my home till they catch him...whoever did it," Copeland said.

Investigators say they don't have a motive. However they do believe that several firearms were stolen from Brazil's house. They're working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms to see if there's a connection.