PANAMA CITY BEACH — A Georgia teen’s fall from a 17th-floor balcony Friday night has been ruled a suicide by the district medical examiner’s office.
According to a Panama City Beach Police Department report, the 16-year-old was a Georgia boy staying at Emerald Isle Condominiums with his older sister, father and family friend.
Whit Majors, chief investigator with the District 14 Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that the death had been ruled a suicide.
A condo tenant first reported seeing something fall past his 12th-floor balcony at 11 p.m. Friday.
“He stated he did not know it was a person falling, but stated he heard a loud impact sound he thought was an explosion,” PCBPD reported.
The fall was called in to police by a security guard, and EMS declared the boy dead at 11:08 p.m.
Shortly after the fall, the boy’s family arrived on scene, saying the teen was not in their unit, and they were afraid he might have been the one who fell. They were allowed to view the body and confirmed the boy’s identity.
The scene was turned over to PCBPD and the medical examiner’s office for investigation and an autopsy.