WEAR - Search Results
FOLLOW-UP: Okaloosa County boat accident
OKALOOSA COUNTY - We have new information on the victims of a boating accident last week in Choctawhatchee Bay. They've been identified as 47-year-old Rob Williams, 21-year-old Jamilia Beltz, and 18-year-old Taylor Evanoff, all of Niceville.
Laura Hussey "The wreckage of Rob Williams' boat is still underwater on the west side of the Mid-Bay Bridge, just south of the navigation channel, so it's a ways out there. Details of what led to the accident are still scarce"
The three victims were found Friday and Saturday, in different parts of Choctawhatchee Bay. A taxi receipt in one victim's pocket indicates they were dropped off at Legendary Marine in Destin on Thursday evening. Investigators believe the boat owned by Rob Williams, a 47-year-old former basketball coach, struck a piling of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
Andrea Waters "I just wish that she had a little more time"
Andrea Waters and Debi Brooks knew Taylor Evanoff when she studied cosmetology at the Choice Institute. Now Evanoff's Facebook page is full of messages like "love you" and "rest in peace".
Debi Brooks "She had dreams of being successful. She was such a natural when it came to hair and makeup"
Jamilia Beltz loved to sing, and dreamed of a music career. Her boyfriend says Taylor Evanoff was her best friend. He filed a missing persons report when Beltz never came home Thursday night. He says Evanoff's purse was still in their apartment.
Andrea Waters "It's really sad that her life was taken. She didn't get a chance really"
As investigators try to nail down the connection between Williams and his passengers, families and friends struggle with sudden loss.
Debi Brooks/Choice Inst "Knowing how big of a heart she had just makes my heart want to break for her, her family and all that she could have done"
Laura Hussey "A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says it's not clear when that wreckage will be hauled out of the water."