Recovered Remains Identified as Missing Niceville Resident

The Medical Examiner’s Office Friday positively identified the body of a woman found January 27th on the water’s edge in Destin.

Dental records indicate it is 60-year old Shigeko Freeman of Niceville, who disappeared sometime January 5th or 6th.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators looking into the disappearance do not suspect foul play. The autopsy conducted on Tuesday by the Medical Examiner’s Office did not turn up anything suspicious. The final autopsy report is still being compiled.

Freeman’s car was found in the emergency lane near the top of the Mid-Bay Bridge on January 6th. The car keys were inside, along with a signed that said “Call 9-1-1” and had her husband’s name and cell phone number. It was signed “from wife Shigeko”.

The Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard, and Fish and Wildlife had conducted a search of the water but were unable to locate Freeman.

The body was discovered washed ashore behind a home on Indian Trail in Destin.


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