SRSO: Foul Play Suspected in Death of Gulf Medical Founder

Posted on July 20, 2023 by Staff reports

Homicide Investigation on Schnoor Rd.
Yesterday evening, 7/19/2023, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Schnoor Rd. in reference to a death investigation. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies located the victim, Stephen Lee Jernigan, 70 years old, deceased. Detectives with our Major Crimes Unit are continuing to investigate this case. At this point in their investigation, our detectives do suspect that foul play did occur. Additionally, they have reason to believe that this was not a random act and there is no threat to the general public. This is an active and ongoing investigation, and more information will be released as it becomes available.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Stephen was one of the earliest supporters of this news organization. He became a dear friend and will be sorely missed. He had more than 100,000 social media followers on his Jernigan’s Landing and other pages.