Lindale woman's death in Florida deemed 'suspicious,' under investigation

KEY WEST - Key West detectives are looking into the death of an East Texas woman as a possible homicide.

Candice "Candi Joy" Cooper, 38, of Lindale, was pulled from the ocean at Smathers Beach on August 4 by her companion, 48-year-old Bill Baker. According to Key West spokeswoman Alyson Crean, preliminary findings "indicate her death might be a homicide."

Crean says Baker told investigators he spotted Cooper, floating and unresponsive in the water. He brought her to shore and called 911.

The report says Baker began CPR and she was then taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

Friends and family are mourning her death and posting memories on Facebook:

No further details were immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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