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This Memorial has been started at the Toombs County High School for Courtney Wilkes.

June 17—Steven Anthony Cozzie, 21, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Courtney Wilkes of Toombs County according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.  He is currently booked into the Walton County Jail.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 4:06 p.m. yesterday from the victim’s mother.  She was reported missing after not returning from a walk with an acquaintance that she met while on vacation.  The girl had been missing for around 3 hours when the Sheriff’s Office was contacted. 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office obtained a description of the acquaintance and issued a “be on the lookout” warning to area law enforcement.  The case then turned into a homicide investigation after the teen’s body was found in a wooded area near Cypress Grove Lane.

The victim and her family were staying at 1 SeaGrove Place condominiums on County Road 30A in Seagrove Beach, sources said.