Hit and Run Arrest

After three and a half years, Okaloosa County Sheriff's investigators think they've finally caught up with a man they thinks responsible for a hit and run death.

35-year-old Paul Edward Branchcomb of Destin was arrested Wednesday for the hit and run death of Kimberly Dawn Thomas in January of 2002.

Investigators say Branchcomb has confessed to hitting the woman with his truck on Airport Road in Destin and then leaving the scene.

Someone identifying himself as Joe black called 911.

The two and a half minute phone conversation was recorded and played back on the sheriff's office website with the hope someone would recognize the voice.

An anonymous tip to the Okaloosa Crime Stoppers Tips Line led investigators to Branchcomb.


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