Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— The body of 31-year-old Chris Hinton was located by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Sunday afternoon.The body was located in the middle of the bay due south of Lagrange Bayou. Authorities confirmed the clothing on the body matches the description of those Hinton was wearing when he was last seen launching his kayak on Friday from his grandparent’s home on Indian Woman Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.Hinton left on the kayak to go fishing at 2:30pm Friday and did not return.Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those agencies helping aid us in the search. Our hearts go out to the family during this very difficult time. We appreciate the community’s outpouring of support during our search.
DeFuniak Springs, Fla— An 11-year-old boy is found living in “deplorable conditions” and now a DeFuniak Springs woman is behind bars.
In March of this year the Department of Children and Families began an investigation into allegations of child neglect on Paula Jane Gray, 59, of 622 Paradise Island Drive. A complaint on Gray alleged the defendant had a juvenile staying inside the home with approximately 10 dogs and more than an inch of feces covering the floor. While outside the residence, DCF reported a strong smell of animal feces and observed several animals in the window of the house. However, the child was not staying at the home at the time.
On June 7th an investigator with DCF further investigated the allegations and found the child present at the home. During the investigation the DCF investigator took pictures of the inside of the home describing it as “smelling heavy of ammonia and covered in animal feces”.
“It turns my stomach that someone would force a child to live in this kind of filth,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “There is absolutely no excuse for it.”
Gray was arrested at her mother’s residence where investigators remanded 30 dogs, 21 adults and 9 puppies, for safekeeping. Gray had brought the animals to her mother’s residence who in tern told WCSO investigators she was unable to take care of the animals.
Gray was charged with child neglect without bodily harm and was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Philadelphia, PA — Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce K9 “Faro” and handler Deputy Chris Whatmough finished top 15 in the country this week at the National USPCA Canine Field Trials.
In February, Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro placed 1st at the USPCA Region 1 Trials hosted by WCSO at Northwest Florida State College earning him the title of Top Dog and the opportunity to compete in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Nationals.
Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro placed 3rd in vehicles and 13th overall in the nation with a total score of 194 out of a possible 200 points.
Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro also teamed up with Officer Tommy Nguyen and K9 Dobies from Tarpon Springs Police Department in Florida and represented Region 1 for narcotic detection. This team took 1st place over all in the team competition.
“This is a great achievement and an awesome representation of Walton County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We are proud of Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro and their dedication.”
Walton County, Fla— On Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 8:12am Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a woman possibly attacked by an animal on Eglin property. Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 8866 U.S Highway 331 South along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The victim was transported by Walton County EMS with non-life threatening injuries. There is no confirmation at this time as to the type of species involved in the attack. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife have confirmed they have ruled out the possibility of a bear.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask residents to please be aware of the situation and make proper precautions.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction:
Hispanic male, 32 YOA, 6’, 180 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Failure to Appear for the original charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, DUI with Serious Bodily Injuries X2 and No Valid DL. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.
White female, 38 YOA, 5’05”, 130 lbs., Brown hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Possession of Cocaine. She was last seen in Walton County Florida.
Site C-6 Road is closed until further notice following a crash that occurred around 11:30am. One person has been confirmed deceased at the scene. Walton County Fire Rescue, WCSO, and FHP are all on scene. We will update the public when the road has been reopened.