5 Arrested in Panama City after body found in Freezer

The Bay County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of the fifth suspect wanted in connection to the homicide of Rayond Gsell.

BCSO Warrants deputies located Dale Emmett Hill, DOB 2/12/64, at a trailer located at June Avenue and 15th Street in Panama City.

Hill was taken into custody without incident and was charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder.


The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four suspects in connection to the murder of Raymond Gsell.

Gsell’s body was found this morning in a chest type freezer at his home at 3905 W. 27th Court.

Investigators in the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division arrested Ashley Nicole Knowles, DOB 11/15/87, of 3706 W. 22nd Street, Panama City, on a charge of Accessory After the Fact Open Count of Murder; Judy Lynn Gsell, DOB 9/11/64, of 3905 W. 27th Court, Panama City, on a charge of Murder; Dawn Ruthann Ross, DOB 1/20/85, of 3706 W. 22nd Street, Panama City, on a charge of Murder; and James Timothy Wilson, DOB 2/4/60, of 3706 W. 22nd Street, Panama City on a charge of Accessory After the Fact to Murder.
A fifth suspect is being sought.

Investigators believe that Friday morning around 4 a. m. Judy Gsell argued with the victim, her husband, Raymond Gsell about money to purchase illegal narcotics.

When Raymond refused, Judy Gsell and Dawn Ross allegedly strangled him for the cash in his pocket. After his death, it is believed the two continued to party into the morning.

Knowles and Wilson are charged with Accessory because of their alleged attempt to help dispose of the body.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received information this morning about the location of a homicide victim.

Acting on the information, deputies responded to a home at 3905 W. 27th Court in Panama City to find a body in a freezer within the home.

Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division have contacted three suspects who are now being questioned.

The homicide does not appear to be random as all three are people known by the victim.

The victim has been identified as Raymond Harvey Gsell, DOB 6-2-31, of 3905 W. 27th Court.

The body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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  • by Jessica Location: PCB on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    sad part I personally know of the the females that is being accused
  • by marie on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    That's pretty COLD!! Get it...freezer...cold..
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