Deputies say Milton man killed woman with hatchet and buried her in backyard

Northwest Florida

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE 5/11/2021 (6:22 PM) — A man in Milton is charged with homicide after deputies found a woman’s body buried in his yard. They made the discovery Sunday at a home on Simpson Street.

The man who lives there, Johnny Malisham, is now in custody. The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Cynthia Hoover.

Deputies say Malisham killed her with a hatchet, then buried her in the backyard.

ORIGINAL STORY — The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is working on a homicide investigation after they say a tip led to a body being found in Milton Sunday.

The sheriff’s office says a body was found buried on May 9th at 4562 Simpson Street. Deputies identified the resident of the home as Johnny Edwards Malisham, 60. Investigators discovered sufficient evidence and probable cause to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Malisham, on homicide charges.

Major Crimes Detectives, Crime Scene, cadaver dogs, and a local university anthropology department personnel assisted in the search for a body. Within a short period of time, the unidentified remains of a human were located on the property.

The sheriff’s office is working to identify the body.

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