NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


Todd Ball

     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement today obtained the assistance of the Bay County Sheriff's Office to arrest a Lynn Haven man on one count of premeditated, first degree murder.

      39-year old Todd Ball of 733 Baywood Drive was taken into custody around 2 p.m Thursday in connection with the death of his ex-wife ten years ago. Ball was arrested at his business, Countertop Visions, Inc. in Southport.

     Laurie Kimberlyn Clements Ball, known as "Kim", disappeared June 10, 1999 while carrying cleaning supplies out of a home on Holiday Isle in Destin. Her body was found by fishermen two days later in a swampy area off County Road 393 in South Walton County.

    In the years since, Okaloosa County investigators have continued to sift through and look at new ways of analyzing the evidence. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and F-B-I assisted.

    Investigator Tom Bowman says the case was presented to a grand jury, which returned a true bill on April 13th, finding probable cause for Ball's arrest.

    Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed Spooner praised Bowman for his persistence and hard work in resolving the case.