NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

BODY FOUND FLOATING NEAR MID-BAY BRIDGE

     A man's body was found floating in the Choctawhatchee Bay Friday after callers spotted an unattended car parked and running on the Mid-Bay Bridge between Destin and Niceville.

    Investigators believe they have identified the man, but his name is not yet being released, pending notification of next of kin.

    The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office first received a call around 9:20 of a vehicle pulled off from the bridge's northbound lanes.  Another caller reported spotting a body floating in the water. Boats from the OCSO and Coast Guard station in Destin responded. Coast Guard crew members attempted C-P-R but were unable to revive the victim.

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