“A former pastor was arrested more than 1,500 miles away from his church and home in Fort Walton Beach, suspected of a cold case murder from 2011.
Ty Flanders, 46, was arrested on Thursday for the 2011 murder of Marie Carlson of Fort Walton Beach. Flanders was charged with second degree murder.
Carlson, the mother of Flanders’ newborn child, was last seen on October 17, 2011, at the home they all shared with his wife.
According to the OCSO, several people got a message from Marie that said she’d left Fort Walton Beach to “do something she had always wanted to do”, but the message reportedly didn’t have any more information.
Her ex-husband, Jeff Carlson, reported her missing seven days later after he couldn’t contact her.
James Flanders located her vehicle at the Fort Walton Beach Airport, a day later, but there was no record that she’d rented a vehicle or flown out.
Carlson’s disappearance was recently featured on a TNT show about cold cases, which brought national attention to the case.
Flanders was arrested without incident and will appear in court in Arizona.”