New reward of up to $8,000 offered in 1999 Okaloosa cold case slaying of Kim Ball
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators continue to search for new information in the 1999 death of Laurie "Kim" Clements Ball.
The reward for information about her death could total up to $8,000, according to OCSO officials.
Ball disappeared June 10, 1999, from a home she was cleaning on Holiday Isle in Destin.
Her body was found two days later in a swampy area off County Road 393 in south Walton County.
Investigators have continued to sift through and look at new ways of analyzing the evidence with the help of the Florida Department Law Enforcement and FBI, a recent OCSO release said.
They are hoping someone can provide new information that might lead to her killer.
Ball's death, coupled with the fact that a killer has never been brought to justice, has torn apart a family. Kathy and Larry Clement, Ball’s parents, said they not only lost a beloved child in 1999, but a grandchild as well.
“We’d love to see our grandchild,” said Larry Clement in a 2019 interview with the Daily News.
“If they’d have made an arrest in the beginning, it would have meant everything in the world. It would have meant we’d get to see our grandson.”
Austin Ball, the grandson, was 6 at the time of his mother’s murder. Clement said for years he has been unable to locate Austin, who would be in his 20s now.
Anyone with information can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at 850-863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com& or submit a tip via the P3 Tips Mobile App.
Crime Stoppers must be contacted first to be eligible for a cash reward. Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program has chipped in another $5,000 toward the reward.