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August 29, 2003

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent domestic violence murder-suicide early this morning (Friday morning).

Deputies were called to unit 104-C, Pier-1 Condominiums, 210 Pelham Road, Fort Walton Beach at 12:24 this morning (Friday morning), where the bodies of Rosa Oneyda Ortiz-Garcia, age 22 (2-27-1981) and Ramon Antonio Martinez, age 26 (3-29-1977), had just been discovered in the apartment's bathroom. Ms. Ortiz-Garcia's sister-in-law reported she found the bodies when she returned to the apartment after having been away for approximately ten minutes.

Evidence at the scene indicates a struggle in the bathroom, with both victims incurring multiple stab wounds. The weapon used was a large kitchen knife.

Ms. Ortiz-Garcia and Mr. Martinez had reportedly resided together for approximately three years.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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