Sheriff’s office names alcohol as factor in Dale County drowning

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UPDATE (8/5/2020):

The Dale County Sheriff’s Office has determined alcohol to be a factor in Anna Waller’s death.

The sheriff’s office released the following statement on the matter:

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, at approximately 2:14PM Ozark-Dale County E911 received a call of a missing person at the Clayhatchee Boat Ramp on Hwy 92. Multiple deputies along with Clayhatchee Police responded to the area. At approximately 5:36PM a rescue diver located the body of a female approximately 75yards downstream of the boat ramp. The female has been identified as Anna Waller 36yoa of Samson. Waller’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. We believe that alcohol played a role in the incident.

Dale County Sheriff’s Office


The Dale County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman who died at the Choctawhatchee River as a woman from Samson.

A medical examiner from Montgomery determined Monday afternoon that Anna Rose Waller, 36, died from having drowned in the river.


CLAYHATCHEE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dale County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting for autopsy results in its investigation of a woman’s death at the Choctawhatchee River.

Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said the woman, who will be unnamed until the results are released, was visiting the river with her boyfriend and his son Saturday.

She reportedly said she was going swimming, but as Bynum told WDHN, she did not return.

Once the autopsy is finished, the sheriff’s office plans to release more information on the case to the public.

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