The child was reported missing on May 31, and her body was found by fishermen on Monday.Investigators came into contact with Howard as they canvassed the neighborhood after Naomi was reported missing, Morgan said.He added that Howard gave authorities 'false information' that he was in Alabama when the child disappeared.According to Morgan, surveillance video captured Howard by the creek where Naomi's body was found.
Morgan declined to answer questions about how the girl was killed, saying he wouldn't comment on whether she was sexually assaulted or if she put up a fight before she died.
The sheriff said in a news conference Wednesday the child may have been targeted by someone she had previously interacted with on social media.
He would not elaborate on that statement on Thursday. He was convicted in 1999 on two counts of sexual assault and rape involving two 19-year-old female victims.
He told the Pensacola News Journal that he spots a fever once or twice a year, usually in October or November.
Like much of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola's beaches have powdery, sugar-white sand.