Man kept wife's body in living room for days, despite decomposition and dogs dismembering, police say

Man kept wife’s body in living room for days, despite decomposition and dogs dismembering, police say

(As originally published, Wed, December 20th 2023)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (TND) — Tragedy struck in Florida when a woman died, but her husband made news when he reportedly did nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Police said they went to the couple’s home in Panama City Beach on Saturday after “Gary Johnson contacted 911 and advised an unknown person was in his home, and that his wife, Ms. Evamarie Macgregor, was laying on the floor and he believed she was deceased.”

They didn’t get in right away.

They said “there was no response” at the front door but they got to “force entry” to conduct a welfare check since “one of the responding officers looked into the front window and saw in plain view a woman laying on her back in the floor of the living room and there appeared to be blood around her.

“Another attempt was made to contact anyone inside the home but that was met with negative results.”

Then, “Law enforcement was able to make contact with Mr. Johnson and then officers checked on the welfare of the female, later identified as Ms. Evamarie Macgregor.

“Ms. Macgregor was obviously deceased with the skin missing from her face and her entire left foot was completely removed from her leg.

“On scene, Mr. Johnson appeared to be disoriented and not lucid.

“Mr. Johnson stated his two dogs had chewed on Ms. Macgregor’s foot, explaining why her foot was removed and missing.”

Her body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office and he was taken to the police station where authorities said, “Mr. Johnson remembers Ms. Macgregor had called out for help from the living room and by the time he was able to get to her, she was already deceased.

Man kept wife's body in living room for days, despite decomposition and dogs dismembering, police say
Gary Johnson was charged with improper storage of human remains. His bond was set at $5,000, Dec. 17, 2023. (Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“Mr. Johnson stated this happened approximately four days ago, and at that time he knew she was deceased.

“Mr. Johnson then kept her in the floor of the living room because he did not want to lose her.

“Mr. Johnson knew he should have called law enforcement or medical help when the medical episode occurred with Ms. Macgregor.

“It should be noted by the level of decomposition of Ms. Macgregor she appeared to have been deceased for over five days.”

Johnson, 50, was charged with improper storage of human remains. His bond was set at $5,000.

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