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June 14, 2002

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William Edward "Ed" Brown, age 34, of Fort Walton Beach, wanted in connection with the murder of his sister-in-law, radio personality Valerie Brown, has been located in south Georgia. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office was able to develop information last night and during the day today (Friday), that Ed Brown was in Georgia, initially north of Atlanta, then southbound on Interstate Highway 75.

Late this afternoon (Friday afternoon), lawmen in Tift County, Georgia, spotted Valerie Brown's silver 1997 Honda, apparently being driven by Ed Brown. A pursuit ensued, ending with a crash. Brown was taken to a hospital in Tifton, Georgia; his injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is preparing warrants naming Brown on counts of Murder and Auto Theft.

The victim, Valerie Brown, age 29, of Mary Esther, was last seen alive late Tuesday night when she departed her residence to take her brother-in-law home. Her body was discovered at midday Thursday inside a vacant townhouse in Ocean City. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Saturday.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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