Deputies conducting welfare check find body of woman, man unconscious

Patrick Palmer, 51, found with injuries to arm

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Broward Sheriff's Office deputies conducting a welfare check Tuesday night found a man unconscious and the body of a woman inside a Pompano Beach home, authorities said.

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said in a news release that deputies went to the home Tuesday night to check on Patrick Palmer, 51, after he missed several days of work.

Neighbors told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that Palmer and his wife own a neighborhood bar called the Chit Chat.

Patrick Palmer and Sherry Palmer

Carter said deputies entered the home to find blood on the floor and Palmer unconscious with injuries to his arms.

She said deputies continued looking through the home and found the body of an unidentified woman.

Palmer was taken to a local hospital. Authorities are calling him a person of interest in the death of the woman, who neighbors believe is Palmer's wife. 

"She has been missing for the last couple of days, so her friends from the bar got together and called the police and they took him out yesterday in handcuffs," Paula Luetgens said. "It is probably her. It is probably Sherrie."

Neighbors said the couple was well-liked and happy.

"They were completely in love with each other, so I don't know. We will find out," Luetgens said. 

The woman's cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. 

"The investigation is ongoing," Carter said.

Anyone with information about Palmer or the woman is asked to call Detective James Hayes at 954-321-4231. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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