NEWS RELEASE                                             

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

IDENTITY OF MAN'S BODY FOUND IN BAY RELEASED

    A man whose body was found in Choctawhatchee Bay Friday morning has been identified as Walton County resident, 66-year old William Richey, of Jennifer Avenue in Choctaw Beach.

    Richey's vehicle was found parked, and still running with a turning signal on, near the top of the Mid-Bay Bridge between Niceville and Destin around 9:20 Friday morning. His body was then spotted and recovered by a U-S Coast Guard crew from Destin that was called to the scene. 

    Richey was a well-known interior designer in the area.

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