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August 26,2001

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The woman found dead in the Wright area of south Okaloosa County last evening (Saturday evening) has been identified as Rhonda Chaney, age 42 (11-26-58), of Fort Walton Beach. The case is being investigated as a homicide, and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is asking for public assistance in reconstructing Ms. Chaney's activities and associations in the days and weeks prior to her death.

Ms. Chaney listed recent addresses on Union Street and Bob Sikes Boulevard in the Fort Walton Beach area, and on US Highway 98 in the Florosa area.

Investigators believe her body had been in the woods near F I M Boulevard in the Wright area for approximately two days prior to the discovery Saturday evening. The cause of death remains undetermined, pending an autopsy; foul play is suspected.

Anybody with information about Ms. Chaney's recent activities or other pertinent information should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400, or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS (863-8477) or 1-888-654-TIPS (1-888-654-8477).

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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