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Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department Officers Earn Outstanding Performance Award

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department

  Today Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley honored two OCSO Investigators whose hard work helped solve the horrific murder of an elderly resident that spanned back 16 years. Jewel Melvin had been beaten and strangled inside her Crestview home before her body was discovered May 15th1998.

There were some initial suspects - but it took years of diligent efforts by Investigator Ralph Garret, joined in 2005 by Investigator Mike Irwin, to move this murder case forward to where it stands now: with the grand jury indictments of two individuals - Michael McCombs and Steven Earl Kimmons.

“Their perseverance in working leads, finding witnesses, and pursuing the evidence, was instrumental in bringing the case before that grand jury. I also want to mention the invaluable assistance of FDLE Special Agent Dennis Haley,” said Sheriff Ashley.

“Due to the collaborative dedication and expertise they brought to this case, the Melvin family can finally see justice served and know that no amount of time would stop these Investigators from trying to put the people responsible for terrorizing and killing an innocent senior citizen behind bars.

Investigators Ralph Garrett and Mike Irwin exemplify the commitment to excellence we continue to strive for and have earned the Award for Outstanding Performance,” he added.