A girl who was pictured naked surrounded by a group of men during spring break has been identified as a year-old. The image which surfaced online on March 11 caused concern among law enforcement who feared she could be danger. But when the girl, who has not been identified, returned home from Panama Beach and saw the snap online, she came forward to the Bay County Sheriff's Office and insisted she was safe.
According to officers she told them the interaction between the crowd was consensual and and she didn't realize her picture was being taken. Scroll down for video. Police in Bay County, Florida were searching for a young woman on Spring Break earlier this month who caused concern after being pictured naked wearing only sunglasses and strings of colorful beads while surrounded by men.
It has also been revealed she wasn't enrolled in a college. The female was on the sand on what was believed to be Panama City Beach. She was wearing no clothing and appeared to be underage. She lives in the southern part of the United States and told investigators she visited Panama City Beach for spring break, although she does not attend college.
Sheriff McKethithen told the Daily Mail Online earlier on Friday that the photos had been deeply concerning to law enforcement because of how young the girl looked, and their main priority was to find out if she was safe. An investigation is still underway into the photographs, but the extent of that is not yet known. Bay County officials were alerted to the photos after they were posted to Twitter on March In one of the pictures, the young woman was bent over and dancing naked at the water's edge on a beach in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a separate shot, she appeared to be trying to cover her body while a group of men gathered around her. In another picture, the scene was more aggressive.
The girl appeared to be trying to escape the frame but was surrounded by shirtless men. One of the men was grabbing the necklaces at her throat. Sheriff McKeithen told Daily Mail Online on Friday that his officers, along with the Panama City Beach Police, face an overwhelming wave of criminal activity during the five weeks of Spring Break, when their community swells from 12, people to an estimated , He called Spring Break an 'emotional roller coaster' both for the students who end up victims of violence and sexual assault and for his officers, who work double shifts to cope with the influx.
Bay County authorities believe that the naked, young woman was on a beach somewhere in this area. Along with hundreds of thousands of drunk, college kids pouring into the town, there was also the dangerous elements that a group this large, with money to burn and wanting to experiment, attraced.
Among 22 people arrested at a local bar this weekend in a narcotics sting, was a year-old man from Nashville, Tennessee, who was selling the synthetic party drug, known as 'molly'. Heroin and prescription drugs have also been seized. Weapons were also a growing problem - arrests had uncovered a Glock and an AK during Spring Break.
McKeithen said earlier this week that the number of incidents so far this year showed the changes designed to tone down Spring Break haven't worked. These included a 2am closing time for alcohol sales. Sheriff McKeithen said: 'We can't ''police it'' away, that's not going to fix the problem.
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