Fisherman Finds Body in Area Bay

Walton County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of death of a woman found floating in Choctawhatchee Bay.

Investigators say a boater discovered the woman’s body around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon just east of the end of East Hewett Road.

The woman has been identified the victim as 67-year-old Marilyn Steele Hanna of Santa Rosa Beach.

Rescue teams pulled her body to show and took it to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

We have learned that Ms. Hanna’s son owns a home on East Hewett Drive. Deputies have not said how the woman died. The investigation is continuing.