Human Remains Found in Interlachen Area

Apr 25, 2016

Putnam County, FL: Putnam County deputies responded to the 100 block of Hayes Drive, in Interlachen, after human remains were located in the wooded area. At approximately 12:45 PM on Sunday afternoon, area residents discovered the body while walking in the wooded area. Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives along with Crime Scene Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement responded and assumed the investigation. The body is that of an adult white male, who appears to have been deceased for several days. Positive identity of the deceased and cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office. At this point in the investigation, detectives believe the body may be that of person known to live in the wooded area where the body was found. Foul play is not suspected in this case.

SWAT Uses Tracked Robot to Locate Fugitive

Apr 22, 2016

Terrence ToblerPalatka, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has arrested twenty-seven years old Terrance Tobler after a SWAT standoff lasting over four hours. Tobler was wanted on an active warrant for robbery with a firearm. Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tobler after determining his involvement in an armed robbery at the Black Hawk Internet Café in February. During the ongoing investigation, detectives learned that Tobler was hiding out in a mobile home at 3400 Balsam Street. At approximately 8:15 AM this morning, detectives and patrol deputies went to that home in an attempt to arrest Tobler. Deputies could hear people inside the residence talking and moving furniture in front of the doors in an apparent attempt to keep deputies out. When deputies were unable to get an answer at the door, Crisis Intervention Team negotiators were called to the scene. Negotiators were able to make contact with someone inside the home and learned that there was a pregnant woman and two small children inside with the suspect. After approximately an hour of negotiation, the negotiators were able to talk the woman, who is Tobler’s girlfriend, into coming out of the home with the children. Once the woman and children were safe, negotiators attempted to make contact with Tobler, but were unsuccessful. The SWAT and Rifle Security Teams were called to the scene and took over efforts to arrest Tobler. After additional efforts to contact Tobler failed, a robot equipped with multiple cameras and a two-way communicator was deployed. The robot located Tobler hiding under the mobile home and could see that he was not holding a weapon. Tobler spoke with deputies through the robot and agreed to surrender. A short time later, Tobler surrendered peacefully to SWAT Team members and was taken into custody without further incident. Tobler was booked into the Putnam County jail, where he is being held on a bond of $250,000.00

Deputy Brandee Smith Funeral Arrangements

Apr 5, 2016

The Funeral for Deputy Smith will be held at the Florida School of the Arts Auditorium on the Campus of St. Johns River State College in Palatka at 1000 AM on Thursday 04/07/2016.

The Service is open to the public, but Deputy Smith's family kindly request that there be no photography from within the auditorium.

Please email Captain Wells with any questions at smith-funeral@putnamsheriff.org

Rest in Peace, Deputy Brandee Smith

Apr 2, 2016

Deputy Brandee Smith Putnam County, FL: It is with heavy heart that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of one of our own. Deputy Brandee Smith was boating in the St. Johns River when the boat struck a channel marker at approximately 4:40 AM on Friday morning throwing her overboard. Since the accident, marine units and dive teams from multiple law enforcement agencies have scoured the St. Johns River, in the Welaka area, in search of Brandee. At approximately 1:45 PM today, law enforcement divers located Deputy Brandee Smith. All search operations are complete, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s investigation is ongoing.

Brandee was a loving mother of three, with her family being the center of her life. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office placed a badge with Brandee as a token of our appreciation for her dedicated service to the citizens of Putnam County. Brandee was a valued member of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office since 2012, leaving her mark on the agency and the community she served. Brandee blew us away everyday with her abilities and her desire to serve the community.

During these difficult times, the assistance and compassion shown by the law enforcement community and the citizens of Putnam County has been overwhelming. Over 150 law enforcement officers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Saint Augustine Police Department, United States Customs and Border Protection, along with search crews from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville and aviation crews from US Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Georgia participated in the search. These professionals served with dedication and distinction under the most difficult of circumstances. Many members of the community and several local businesses provided food and other assistance to Brandee’s family and search crews throughout the search.

The PCSO family sends our deepest condolences to Brandee’s family. Brandee left her mark on all of us and we shall never forget her.

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