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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Niceville man in connection with the death of his girlfriend at their Pine Street mobile home earlier this year.
57-year old Bret Steven Bay is now charged with second degree murder.
OCSO Investigators say Bay strangled Lauryn Marotto, whose body was discovered January 13th on a bedroom floor wrapped in sheets and comforters.
Bay had left a hand-written note stating he and Marotto had been involved in a “violent” traffic crash January 8 and Marotto had become “groggy”. He said when they got home she had blue lips and was unresponsive. In the note he also states: “I know what I’ve done is wrong and gruesome, but I really didn’t want her to go”.
Bay’s roommate called the OCSO after finding the note and discovering that both Bay and his car had disappeared.
Bay was found and arrested February 27th in Little Rock Arkansas on an OCSO warrant for tampering with physical evidence.”
Bay was extradited to Okaloosa County and held in the Okaloosa County Jail.
Today he was served an additional warrant for homicide by strangulation.

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