A 21-year-old homeless man has been charged with murdering 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes who was vacationing at Seagrove Beach with her parents and two younger siblings.
Wilkes was reported missing when she did not return back from a walk with Steven Cozzie, a local resident staying at a nearby campsite the family had met while staying in the Beachcrest condominiums while on vacation from Georgia.
Deputies found her dead body in a wooded area 500 yards away from where her family was staying. They were led there by a friend of Cozzie’s who informed police that Cozzie told him he had murdered the girl with a stick and that it was premeditated. Incident reports show Wilkes was murdered in “an extremely violent encounter” and suffered blunt force trauma.
Walton County Sheriff Adkinson also added that he has not admitted guilt to them, and has shown no remorse. The picture of him smiling? That’s his booking photo after being charged with suspicion of murder. “I think it says everything you need to say about him,” Adkinson said. “This is a situation where you had one individual who obviously has evil in his heart.”
Authorities say Cozzie was kicked out of his mothers’ home about a week ago and has been living on beach accesses ever since. Wilkes was a star soccer player on the school team and also at the top of her class at Toombs County High school. She would have turned 16 on July 9.
Terrifying enough that this young girl was murdered in such a fashion, made even worse that it was at the hands of someone that look like they just popped out of a Jim Henson movie.Tags: Courtney Wilkes, Crime, Florida, Georgia, homeless, Murder, Steven Cozzie, teen