The Bay County Sheriff's Office announced today the case of missing person Arthur Moore is now considered a homicide investigation and three individuals have been arrested and charged with an open count of Murder.
On September 9, 2013, Lottie Moore reported her husband missing. She told BCSO investigators he left the home on foot that morning at about 6:15 after having a verbal altercation with their daughter Mary and her husband David Clanton. Lottie Moore also told investigators that Arthur Moore was known to leave without telling family and remain gone for periods of time before returning. He just recently returned from living out west for several weeks. Moore's keys, his vehicle, and his wallet were left in the home.
The area surrounding Moore's home was searched several times over the next six weeks using BCSO K9, Air Unit, patrol deputies of the Field Services Division, the BCSO Mounted Posse, multiple investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division and Bay County Search and Rescue. No new evidence was found. Leads and tips generated by media coverage were followed but turned up nothing new until October 16, 2013.
On October 16, investigators got a break in the case when information was developed that David Clanton had made statements in a joking manner describing a scenario in which he strangled Arthur Moore.
On October 17, 2013, contact was made with David and Mary Clanton. During interviews, both state Mary's mother—Lottie Moore—asked them to kill Arthur Moore. David Clanton stated he strangled Moore as the 70 year old man slept. This happened the night before they reported him missing. They then buried him in the woods off Steelfield Road on Panama City Beach. David Clanton, DOB 6-15-80, and Mary Clanton, DOB 11/17/86, both of 9413 Stauber Lane, Youngstown, were arrested and charged with an open count of Murder.
Lottie Moore was also interviewed and subsequently arrested. Lottie Moore, DOB 10-17-50, was also charged with an open count of Murder. All three face first appearance at 12:30 this afternoon at the Bay County Jail.
The BCSO Crime Scene continues to process the burial site. The body will be turned over to the Medical Examiner for autopsy.
Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office