Tuesday, February 21, 2006
A body that was found in the water off of Biloxi's Back Bay has been identified as a Seabee who was on active duty in Mississippi. Christy Ayala, 23, was a native of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and had been stationed in the state for only a few weeks, said Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. "She had floated up to the shoreline, which was probably six or eight inches deep," he said. Ayala's body was found Saturday and the autopsy has been completed.
"Anyone who has any information in reference to her, contact us," Hargrove said. "What we are trying to do is create a time frame surrounding her death." Officials declined to speculate whether foul play was involved in Ayala's death. "We're not sure if it was an accident," said Sgt. Bruce Johnson with the Biloxi Police Department. "We have no way of knowing anything more."