Shack Circle shooting

Jackson County Sheriff's Investigator Virgil Watson and an agency deputy confer near the scene of a homicide investigation at a home off Shack Road on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday offered a bit more information about the agency’s investigation into the death of 65-year-old Patricia Shack. She was found shot to death early Tuesday morning in bed at her home, located at 2880 Shack Circle.

A relative who was there at the time reported the shooting around 5 a.m. that morning. Authorities disclosed Thursday that the reporting individual also said he heard a possible scuffle and a sound like someone running out the back door soon after he heard a shot fired.

No gun had been recovered as of Thursday afternoon and no suspect in the killing has been identified, but officials have determined that this was a homicide, not a self-inflicted fatal wound.

Officials say they have few leads in the case but continue to follow up as they receive information. So far, they’ve traveled to Panama City, Pensacola and Tallahassee in search of more information that they hope will lead to a suspect in the case.

Anyone with information that could be helpful is asked to call the JCSO at 482-9624.

Shack Circle is located off Poplar Springs Road. The house is off the main road in an area somewhat obscured by trees.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement mobile crime lab processed the scene Tuesday and an investigation of the case is continuing. Officials say Shack moved here about a year-and-a-half to two years ago. She is believed to have worked some of her life as a substitute teacher, but was retired.

Officials say it appears in preliminary findings that she died of a single gunshot wound, but added that the medical examiner’s office is still completing its investigation and that as of Thursday afternoon the sheriff’s office was awaiting results which could confirm that information.

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