NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


Laurie Lee Kimbell

     Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office have gathered information at this time that leads them to believe that 43-year old Laurie Lee Kimbell of Destin left the country last Saturday, January 17th, under her own volition.

       They are attempting to definitively confirm the information.

       The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for its response to a request for information on Kimbell's whereabouts. Kimbell's family had contacted the agency after being unable to contact her last weekend. They arrived in Destin Monday and found Kimbell's apartment unlocked, with her purse inside. Her car was parked in the front of the building.

        Investigators received more than forty tips after issuing a news release Wednesday asking for the public's help.