WEAR ABC 3 - Search Results
Body of missing Okaloosa Co woman discovered at Ward Cove
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- BLUEWATER BAY - The search for a missing Okaloosa County woman has ended.
For hours today, search teams combed the Bluewater Bay neighborhood for any sign of 36-year-old Jacquelyn Emerson. Deputies recovered her body from the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay around two this afternoon.
Laura Hussey says, "The search for Jacquelyn Emerson started Wednesday evening. By Thursday, volunteer Marines from the 33rd Fighter Wing, other community members and deputies were combing the woods, and going door to door".
Jacquelyn Emerson's husband last spoke to her about 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. He says when he got home from work around five, she was gone.
Emerson's husband is a member of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force base. Fellow troops showed up and went to work.
A Marine from the 33rd Fighter Wing says, "As soon as we heard somebody was missing, everybody was motivated to come out and see if we could do something to help"
The Sheriff's Office says Emerson's purse and phone were still in the house. Along with other information, that led them to believe she might be close by.
Groups of Marines spread out across Bluewater Bay, along with volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team.
Capt. Johnston from the Shalimar CERT chapter says, "We can take a....especially a small housing area, we can knock it out pretty quick as far as looking for adult or child"
By afternoon, the focus of the search had shifted to the water. A Sheriff's Office marine unit spotted Emerson's body in the bay near Ward Cove about 1:45.
No foul play is suspected; the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.
It wasn't the ending volunteers wanted, but they're proud to stand with their team.
A Marine volunteer says, "It's an honor and a privilege that we're asked to come out here and help. We wouldn't have it any other way"
Laura Hussey says, "Jacquelyn Emerson and her husband hadn't been her in Bluewater Bay long. They were recently transferred from another base."