Bodies identified as missing Coffee County residents


    Officials have released the identities of two bodies that were discovered near Nicholls Saturday afternoon.

    The Coffee County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday morning that the bodies were of 25-year-old Kristian Bell, who had been reported missing from the Nicholls area, and 35-year-old Steven Ward, described by friends alternately as either her boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.

    Last week, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release and photo seeking information regarding Bell, who had not been seen since Jan. 20.

    Bell and Ward were found Saturday behind a residence on Deep Woods Road, which is off Roberts Cemetery Road in the Nicholls area.

    Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at (912) 384-4227.

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