NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


    A drowning victim discovered Wednesday morning on an Okaloosa Island beach has been identified as 39-year old David Lee Clary of Fort Walton Beach. His last known address was 714 Crescent Avenue. 

     Witnesses place Clary at the Best Western hotel on Okaloosa Island last Friday and Saturday (January 23rd & 24th)

     The Sheriff's Office also received a call Saturday from a woman who says she spotted a man on the Island entering the Gulf of Mexico. She says he kept walking far out into the water and was carrying clothes.

     Intensive searches of Gulf waters and the beach at that time by the U-S Coast Guard, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, and firefighters were unsuccessful.