NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2006
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     The victim of a boat fire on Okaloosa Island early Tuesday morning has been identified as 43-year old Scott G. Metzger of 335 Bluefish Drive .

     Metzger's body was found inside a 28 foot cabin cruiser docked behind Barefoot Bay Condominiums after the boat caught fire around two a.m.

     Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

    An autopsy by the Okaloosa-Walton Medical Examiner indicates smoke inhalation is the preliminary finding of the cause of death. An official autopsy report will follow at a later date.

    The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.