Pamela Laverne Long is a “person of interest” in the Billings murders, according to law enforcement. A better photo will be up as soon as available. Updates below on Pamela Laverne Long has been located. Pamela Laverne Long Wiggins has been arrested. See arrest video below. See new update 8-10-09.
Police and Sheriff Departments are looking for Ms. Long, who has seemed to disappear from the area since the murders, and FOXNews is saying Long is “currently in hiding or on the run.” She is said to be a prominent resident of Pensacola, perhaps the owner of at several properties and possibly several antique stores. Authorities emphasized that Pamela Laverne Long is a “person of interest” in the Byrd and Melanie Billings’ murders, and not a suspect at this time. Authorities are believed to want to speak to Pamela Laverne Long as a “witness.”
Brian Wilson at FOXNews was in the Sheriff Department’s news conference at noon today in Pensacola. Wilson is reporting that Long rented a property to Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., who is said to be the “instigator” of the crime.
Adding to the mystery, Sheriff Morgan mentioned this odd fact:
Morgan said it is significant that the surveillance camera was not disarmed at the time of the robberies, which he has described as “well planned” and well executed.” Morgan said he believes it was someone’s job to disable the equipment, but that person failed to do so.
It is not clear whether authorities believe Long might have been responsible for disabling the security equipment, but they believe someone was responsible for that task but failed to perform.
Authorities made it clear today that they do not want to “harass” Ms. Long but they do want to talk to her as a person of interest in the Billings murders. Stay tuned for updates.
Update: 7-15-09, 2:02 p.m. CDT
Brian Wilson from FOXNews says that Pamela Laverne Long and Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. were often seen in each other’s company. She owned properties and businesses and there are liens on some of those entities, indicating she was possibly having financial problems.
The security system in the Billings home was activated at the time of the murders, confirming suspicions that someone was charged with disarming the system, but failed to do so.
Update 7-15-09 2:40 p.m. CDT:
FOXNews has just reported that Pamela Laverne Long has been located. When her photo was shown this morning, the Sheriff’s office says the phones “started ringing off the hook.” More details coming. Other remarks included that the circumstances of where Long was located are “very interesting,” but those details are not yet available.
Update 7-15-09 4:10 p.m. CDT:
Pamela Laverne Long was found at a marina at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. She is returning to Escambia County with investigators, but according to Sheriff David Morgan, she is returning “of her own volition.”
Other names for Pamela Laverne Long are: Pamela Wiggins, Pamela Malden, Pamela Long Link, Pamela Laverne Long Coco.
Update 7-15-09 4:16 p.m. CDT:
Pamela Laverne Long was found on a “yacht” known as “Classy Lady,” with an unidentified man at Dock “L” at The Marina at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL.
Update 7-15-09 6:05 p.m. CDT:
FOXNews just confirmed that Pamela Laverne Long is a “realtor of some note” and well known in the community.
Update 7-16-09 9:35 a.m. CDT:
Authorities are now identifying Pamela Long as Pamela Laverne Long. She was arrested Wednesday night, July 15th at about 8:30 p.m. Eastern time and charged as “an accessory after the fact to felony murder,” in connection with the Billings murders.
Update 7-16-09 10:20 a.m. CDT:
Eight persons are now under arrest in connection with the murders. The latest is Pamela Laverne Long Wiggins.
Update 7-16-09 11:19 a.m. CDT:
From press conference:
The safe has been found and is being processed.
Sheriff Morgan says that there are other “people of interest” being investigated that be of substance…or not, to the Billings murders. Mr. and Mrs. Billings, to the “best of” Sheriff Morgan’s “knowledge” are not being investigated by the DEA (evidently rumors are swirling about this), although the DEA is involved with someone or some thing connected to the murders.
Authorities say that they still believe some one other than those now in custody is being sought in connection with the Billings’ security system.
State Attorney Eddins says guns have been found and they believe they have the murder weapon(s).
The Sheriff believes that additional motives will be found, other than just robbery.
Byrd Billings Human Trafficking?
Today there are speculations unconfirmed by authorities that Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. was the lone shooter and planned a contract hit on the Billings, while telling those at the murder scene with him and now charged with murder, that a home invasion robbery, only, was planned.
A second safe containing $100,000.00 is said to have been found in the home that the robbers/murders could not access. Authorities have not confirmed this safe.
Another arrest has been with possible links to the Billings’ murders. Henry Cab Tice owned Byrd Billings $10,000 and Billings had filed a complaint against Tice in May 2008 for grand theft.
See Henry Cab Tice is Byrd Billings Arrested Debtor: Tice Billings Mexican Mafia?
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