Lake City homicide victim identified

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two juveniles with firearms at the Columbia High School football game Friday.
Seth Johnson

Female remains found in Lake City near SW Haltiwanger Road on Sunday were identified as 18-year-old Coyoete Turner.

Coyoete Turner
Courtesy CCSO Coyoete Turner

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) release sent Tuesday, detectives identified the homicide victim. Turner’s remains were discovered in a field near SW Haltiwanger Road on Sunday morning after CCSO deputies were dispatched at 11:30 a.m. to the report of a body found.

Next of kin notification was completed. Now detectives are investigating the case as a homicide and are asking anyone who had seen Turner in the past week to contact CCSO at 386-758-1375.

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“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” said Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter in the release. “We will continue to work tirelessly until we are able to bring a successful closure to this case.”

Anyone who wants to report anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Columbia County can call (386) 754-7099 or make a report online at

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