By BRUCE COLLIER
Walton County authorities, along with U.S. Coast Guard and state Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) investigators, have found the bodies of two brothers, missing since Sunday evening.
A spokesman for the FWC said that Logan Alford, 17, and Lucas Alford, 21, had gone to the Alaqua Creek Boat Ramp Sunday afternoon in a boat, for a day of fishing. The brothers apparently traveled from the Portland area to the south side of Choctawhatchee Bay.
According to Capt. Eddie Ferris of Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), the brothers’ family called authorities when they had not returned home at 9:41 p.m. Sunday night. Ferris said a search was initiated at 10 p.m. The WCSO beach unit took part, as did helicopter and boat search units of FWC and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The FWC spokesman reported that the Alfords’ boat was located, full of water but not sunk, on the north side of the bay near Alaqua Creek. Life jackets and other personal items were found later. On Monday, authorities announced they had found the body of Logan Alford, at around noon some 1,000 feet from the boat. The body of Lucas was recovered at around 6:30 p.m. the same day. It was suggested by search investigators that the Alfords may have been caught by one of the scattered thunderstorms that passed through the area on Sunday afternoon and evening, and that their 14-foot boat may possibly have capsized.
Logan would have been a senior, and was a member of the Walton High School Football team. Lucas was a graduate of Walton High School, and had recently become a father. The brothers and their family are from the DeFuniak Springs area of Walton County.
LOGAN ALFORD, one of two DeFuniak Springs residents, died while boating in the Choctawhatchee Bay.
LUCAS ALFORD, one of two brothers who died while boating in the Choctawhatchee Bay.