Dan Belc, 49, then reached out to their mutual children about 4 a.m., and they convinced him to turn himself in.

MARIANNA — An estranged husband has surrendered himself after fatally shooting his wife and driving to Jackson County with her body in his trunk, according to official reports.

Dan Belc, 49, was taken into custody about 7 a.m. Friday in connection with case. Charges are pending as authorities investigate an argument that occurred about midnight in a Dessie Stone Road home in Blountstown between Belc and the woman, who has not been identified, that escalated into gunfire. Charges have yet to be filed as officers interview Belc, a German citizen, at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, where he arrived with the body in the trunk of a car.

Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said it appeared the two had been having marital troubles. The woman was staying with her brother in Blountstown when Belc traveled from Germany to confront her for an unknown reason, Kimbrel said.

“For some reason, he decided to come to Blountstown and have a conversation,” he said. “A family member heard them arguing and then heard several gunshots.”

The family member then heard an engine start outside and a car pull off. When the family member came to investigate, both Belc and the woman were gone, Kimbrel said.

Belc then reached out to their mutual children about 4 a.m., and they convinced him to turn himself in, officials reported. Belc stopped at JCSO about 7 a.m. and surrendered, Kimbrel said.

What led to the confrontation was unclear Friday afternoon.

Kimbrel said the German consulate has been in contact with his office in regard to Belc, who was a German citizen. He arrived in the U.S. March 14.

The victim has family from the Blountstown area as well as other parts of the country, and her identity will not be released until they are notified.

Investigators are interviewing Belc and processing the crime scenes this morning. Charges are pending.

 

A previous version of this story is below:

MARIANNA — A Calhoun County man has surrendered himself after driving to Jackson County with a body in his trunk, officials reported.

Neither the name of the victim nor the suspect was immediately available.

Officials reported that the man shot and killed a woman early Friday during an argument. He then placed her body the trunk and fled the scene. He then drove to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in, officials reported.

Investigators are interviewing the man and processing the crime scenes this morning.

This story will be updated as more information is available.