Police Captain/Public Information Officer David Baer has released the following statement on behalf of the Marco Island Police Department:
On November 4th, 2019 at 10:09 PM the Marco Island Police Department was dispatched to 140 Seaview Court regarding a suspicious person. Collier County Dispatch notified Marco Island Police that two female children (16 & 4 years old) were on the beach crying that their adult aunt just walked into the ocean and they could no longer see or locate her.
The oldest child did try to stop her aunt from into deeper water. The oldest child phoned her mother (out of state), then called the police.
Three MIPD patrol members arrived on the scene at 10:11 PM, with additional MIPD resources arriving throughout the incident.
A helicopter and marine unit from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, a Greater Naples Fire Rescue marine unit, a search and rescue vessel from the U.S. Coast Guard and units from the Marco Island Fire Rescue assisted in the attempt to locate the missing person. Witnesses were contacted, and landside locations were canvassed in addition to the marine search.
Two Marco Island Police Department Detectives were called to the scene to begin a preliminary investigation.
The Florida Department of Families and Children (DCF) were notified based on the situation and presence of children on the scene – the children were subsequently taken into protective custody by DCF.
At 1:38 AM, the missing person (Tiffany, J. Edwards, 29 years old from Tulsa Oklahoma) called Dispatch to notify authorities that she had returned to an apartment on Seaview Court.
No public safety or civilians were injured during the incident.
The incident is an open and ongoing investigation.
Coastal Breeze News will update this story should any further information become available.