UPDATE 12:00 p.m. Wednesday: — According to a release by the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office, the death of Conner Bartlett is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Barletts body located by a family friend who was aiding in the search late Tuesday.
UPDATE 7:40 p.m. Sept. 26, 2017 — According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Conner Bartlett has been found dead.
According to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, “Tragically the body of a missing and endangered Destin teenager who was the subject of a massive search earlier today was located in a beach area west of the Destin jetties around 6:30 this evening. The OCSO is conducting a death investigation and asks that the public refrain from approaching the scene.”
UPDATE 7:16PM — According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday a massive air and ground search for an endangered and missing teen believed to possibly be armed with a gun has not resulted in locating the individual.
14-year old Conner Bartlett of Destin is 6’2” tall, with a slim build, blonde hair and blue eyes.
The initial search, which was launched by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office around one p.m. focused on areas south of the Marler Bridge in Destin, along the west jetties and beyond.
Additional resources, including OCSO School Resource Officers and K9 Teams, came in to assist along with the Destin and Okaloosa Island Fire Departments, the Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife, and Eglin. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and FWC provided helicopters to scan the area from above.
The teen’s bicycle was located in the parking lot near the Marler Bridge and deputies believe he later departed.
Deputies continue to search for Conner and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to please call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850-651-7400 or dial 9-1-1.
The OCSO wishes to express its sincere gratitude to all those who assisted today with personnel and equipment to aid in the search.
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Dozens of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders are conducting an air and ground search on beaches west of the Destin jetties and other areas around the Marler Bridge as they work to locate a missing and endangered individual believed to be armed.
They are asking people to avoid areas where they see searches underway until further notice.
K9 teams, firefighters, FWC, Coast Guard, Eglin and others are assisting along with helicopters from WCSO and FWC.