60-Year-Old Man Charged with Murder after Human Remains Were Found on His Property

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 14, 2021
02:30 A.M.

The Santa Rosa County sheriff's office shared a news update concerning the arrest of a 60-year-old Florida native, who had the remains of a body on his property.


Facebook updates on the Santa Rosa County sheriff's office put out news that a 60-year-old man, Johnny Edwards Malisham, has been apprehended after the remains of a person were found on his property.

The police were tipped, and on getting to the property, the body was taken from his mom. The body, which was initially unidentified, has been said to be Cynthia Hoover, a 66-year-old woman.

A Crime scene investigator examines a bullet hole in the side of a patrol car that in which a deputy was shot on May 31, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

A Crime scene investigator examines a bullet hole in the side of a patrol car that in which a deputy was shot on May 31, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images


The press release stated that Hoover went missing from Milton in Florida on March 8. The informer said that she had known Malisham for 15 years, and he also demanded her help.

Furthermore, the source reportedly said that Malisham murdered the woman by striking her with a hatchet that cracked her skull open. The woman added that Malisham threatened her if she refused to help him.


Malisham has a criminal history. He was convicted some years ago and spent 12 years in jail for manslaughter. According to assistant state attorney John Molchan, the suspect's prior added more magnitude to the case.


More statements from the tipster showed that Malisham allegedly called her to be his lookout person, but when he dragged the body, she fled the scene. She noted that he drove Hoover's car far away and threw the keys in a river.

Carol Miller, who lived close to Malisham, was surprised about the crime committed. She referred to the suspect as a friendly person who often helped the neighbors cut their grasses.


Malisham has been sent to the Santa Rosa County jail without bond. According to authorities, he currently faces a life imprisonment sentence. The jail records have not listed an attorney for him.

In April, Kelly Wilkinson, a mom-of-three, was found dead in a Gold coast backyard. Wilkinson reportedly lost her life due to a domestic violence issue with a New Beith man.

She and the man were said to have been in a relationship. Authorities have since charged him with breaching the domestic violence order and murder. The suspect was arrested near Spikes court in Arundel.

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