Texas Man Dies In Fall From Hotel Balcony

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (March 20, 2014) An investigation was underway Thursday after Texas man fell from a 12th floor balcony of a hotel in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Thomas H. Saunders, 62, of Southlake, was chaperoning a group of spring breakers staying at the Holiday Inn Resort when he fell Wednesday onto the hotel lobby's roof.

Saunders' daughter and her four friends were sleeping in the hotel room when he fell.

Panama City Beach police say they don't suspect foul play, but they're still trying to determine how Saunders fell and his exact cause of death.

Hotel management told the newspaper the incident appeared to be accidental and was not alcohol-related.

An autopsy was pending Thursday.


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