PANAMA CITY BEACH — A spring breaker photographed naked and surrounded by a crowd of shirtless men on the beach returned home safely, according to a Bay County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The 17-year-old female became aware through the media that her identity was sought, contacted the BCSO on Friday and spoke with investigators. The BCSO requested law enforcement in the same city the girl lives in to make contact with her; they verified her claim to be the girl in the photo.
The girl lives in the southern part of the United States and told investigators she visited Panama City Beach for Spring Break. Although she stated her behavior and interaction with the crowd was consensual and she is safe, she did not realize someone was taking her picture, according to BCSO.
The photo was posted on Twitter on March 11, when law enforcement became concerned for the girl’s safety. The female was on the sand on what was believed to be Panama City Beach, surrounded by a crowd of men in bathing suits. She was wearing no clothing and appeared to be underage and also was in a second photo seen bent over near the water.