PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – An Indiana man tumbled to his death from a Panama City Beach parking garage early Sunday, police said.
The body of Tyler Douglas Gilmore, 20, of Terre Haute, Indiana, was discovered around 1 a.m. at the base of the Shores of Panama facility along S. Thomas Drive. The structure is more than 10 stories tall, according to the Panama City News Herald, but it’s not clear what level he fell from.
Police said they weren’t sure of Gilmore’s exact time of death, but they believe it was either Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Friends he was staying with nearby reported last seeing him a couple of hours before his body was found.
Gilmore’s friends told police that he was drinking heavily for much of Saturday, continuing into the night.
Spring break is an annual challenge for lawmakers and residents alike – hordes of revelers descend on the Florida coast to party, and heavy drinking, fights and sexual assaults are often reported.
Gilmore wasn’t the only Spring Breaker who died over the weekend – just after midnight Sunday, a gunman opened fire into a large crowd in Miami Beach, killing one man with a bullet to the chest.
In another ugly incident, a young woman partying in Fort Myers Beach told police she woke up naked in a strange room. She told detectives she thought someone had slipped a drug into her drink while she went to the bathroom, then sexually assaulted her after she passed out.
In a horrifying crime that made national news last year, a woman was gang raped on a beach in Panama City. The sexual assault happened in broad daylight while a crowd watched, some filming with their phones – but no one trying to intervene. Police arrested three men in what Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen called “probably one of the most disgusting, sickening things I’ve seen on a Panama City beach.”
A police investigation into Gilmore’s death is ongoing.