Autopsy to be conducted in Destin teen’s death

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say there are no initial indications of foul play and the death is an apparent suicide.

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DESTIN — An autopsy will be conducted in connection with the apparent suicide of a Destin teenager Tuesday evening.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say there are no initial indications of foul play.

According to the OCSO, 14-year-old Connor Bartlett’s body was found in a beach area west of the Destin jetties by a family friend who was helping search for the missing and endangered juvenile.

The discovery around 6:30 p.m. followed an intense and massive air, ground and water search by multiple agencies after information was developed that the teen, who was possibly armed, was threatening to harm himself and was believed to be in that area.

“The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the extraordinary amount of concern for the teen and his family expressed by the community, and asks that citizens remain respectful of the family’s privacy and grief during their time of loss,” OCSO said in a statement.

Grief counselors were on hand Wednesday at Fort Walton Beach High School, where the teen was a freshman, to offer counseling and assistance to Bartlett’s peers.

Multiple resources are available to anyone contemplating suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which provides 24/7 free and confidential support to anyone in distress, can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. Additionally, anyone needing to talk can text “hello” to 741741 and have a text conversation with a counselor.

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