Woman who washed ashore in FL accidentally drowned – Florida Wires – MiamiHerald.com

BIqxz.St.56A Haitian woman whose body washed ashore in South Florida in August accidentally drowned during a smuggling operation, authorities have concluded.

Judith Valentin\’s body was found Aug. 28 in Palm Beach by a turtle rescue volunteer, while local and federal authorities were investigating a report about migrants coming ashore, according to a police investigation report.

Investigators detained and questioned nine Haitians, including a 3-year-old boy accompanying his mother. All came from Port-de-Paix, Haiti, and took the roughly 25-foot boat to the Bahamas and then to Florida.

\”All of the passengers indicated no one was forced off the boat and that the water was deeper than six feet deep when they entered the water,\” the report stated. via  – MiamiHerald.com


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