Salt Life clothes co-founder arrested in 18-year-old's woman's hotel shooting death found in odd 'hospital scrubs'

Salt Life clothes co-founder arrested in 18-year-old's woman's hotel shooting death found in odd 'hospital scrubs'

11/01/2020

ONE of the co-founders of clothing brand Salt Life has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman at a hotel.

Michael Troy Hutto, who was admitted to hospital for a "medical emergency", was still in his scrubs when he was met by cops in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday.


He is the suspect in the death of Lora Grace Duncan – an 18-year-old woman who was found dead in a hotel room at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palace Beaches resort in Riviera Beach, WJAX reports.

Hutto, 58, was released from hospital and taken into custody by cops.

He was arrested and charged with manslaughter and the possession of a firearm, according to Palm Beach County jail records.

When he was arrested, Hutto was wearing green hospital scrubs and red skid-proof socks, according to photos posted on the Florida Highway Patrol Twitter account.

Cops had been looking for the 18-year-old when her parents asked sheriff deputies to do a welfare check on her.

Investigators learned she had voluntarily left the county with a known individual, the Columbia Sheriff's Office confirmed.

The detectives then determined that Lora was at a Riviera Beach hotel, and asked city police to do a welfare check on her.

Police found the 18-year-old dead in one of the hotel rooms.

She had at least one gunshot wound, according to Riviera Beach police.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family of this tragic event. Although we hoped for a better outcome, we will assist in any way possible to help bring those responsible to justice,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said.

Hutto was taken into custody without incident and information as to why he was at the hospital is not available.

It's unclear, what relationship, if any, Hutto and the 18-year-old had at the time of her death, cops say.

Salt Life issued a statement on Saturday, saying that Hutto had not been involved with the company for the past seven years.

"Sadly we have learned one of Salt Life’s co-founders has been charged with a felony. Salt Life sends their utmost sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased," they said.

"In 2013, the co-founders of Salt Life sold their entire business to the new owners.

"The co-founders have not been associated with the brand in any way since the purchase in 2013."

Hutto reportedly coined the phrase "Salt Life" to describe the ocean-based lifestyle that identified the beach attire clothing of the company he co-founded and served as president, according to a 2008 Times-Union article.

The Jacksonville Beach native and his friends were "hardcore fisherman", surfers and deep-water divers.

The company grew from a small firm to a recognized brand over the years.

 

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