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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN SOUTH WALTON COUNTY

Jan 28th, 2009 | 0

Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, upon taking office, asked his staff to review outstanding and pending cases. One case in particular dealt with the disappearance of Colin Hale, 82, an Alzheimer’s patient and retirement home resident missing since last July. On Jan. 24, investigators found human remains that may answer questions in that case.
A cooperative effort was mounted on Jan. 24, involving Sgt. Cheri Rivers, Investigator Donna Armstrong and Crime Prevention Coordinator Anna LaCour.
The following assisted the WCSO in the endeavor: Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue K-9 /Emotional First Aid Team from Cantonment, FL. and Foley, AL. Also assisting was Klaas Kids SAR, Escambia SAR, Southeast K-9 SAR and Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.
Human Remains Detection K-9s, specially trained to detect only human remains, were used. A short time after the search began, human remains were discovered in a heavy wooded and swampy area, approximately 100 yards south of where the missing person had been last seen.
Although confirmed positive identification is pending, the remains are believed to be those of Hale, the man missing from Crystal Bay senior living facility in Sandestin since July 3, 2008. The remains were sent to the Medical Examiner’s office for further examination.

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