APALACHICOLA — Law enforcement officials suspect foul play in the death of a 68-year-old Apalachicola woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon not far from the beach.



The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Cynthia A. Green, who had lived at 191 Ninth St. until the house burned down last month. Green’s body had multiple stab wounds.



The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that around 1 p.m. Wednesday, they had received calls indicating a body had been spotted in the area of State 30A, 10 miles west of Apalachicola.



Within hours, the area had been cordoned off by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting the county in the investigation. The area, along a sandy stretch of beach and bordered by woods with thick undergrowth, is popular with net fishermen and people walking their dogs.



Green was employed with the Florida Department of Corrections as a senior LPN at the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle.



“We are saddened and our hearts go out to her co-workers, her family especially, and the people in her community,” said Misty Cash, deputy communications director for the FDOC.



Green’s house in Apalachicola, which burned to the ground last month, was built in late 2009 with the help of funding available through the State Housing Initiative Program. She had been living there with her daughter.



If anyone has information about this case, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking that they call Investigator Duane Cook at 850-670-8500.