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Police hope tips will lead to fatal hit-and-run suspect

It happened late Saturday night in the 7500 block of Bienville Boulevard. (Photo source: WLOX) It happened late Saturday night in the 7500 block of Bienville Boulevard. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ocean Springs police are on the hunt for the driver who hit and killed a Gulfport man and never bothered to stop. It happened late Saturday night in the 7500 block of Bienville Boulevard. Investigators on the case say the tips have been coming in slowly.

The Ocean Springs Police Department is asking for the community's help in developing leads in this hit-and-run case. Police said they have not had much luck finding out who hit 44-year-old Frank Murphy.  

Capt. William Jackson said Murphy lived in Gulfport and worked at the Ocean Springs Walmart. According to Jackson, Murphy was walking with a friend a few miles from work when a vehicle struck and killed him and kept going.

“When officers arrived on scene, they found a white male lying in the highway, unresponsive. Acadian Medical personnel were called to the scene, and they tried to revitalize him without success,” said Jackson. “There is going to be an autopsy performed possibly Monday. At such time, they will do a test run on his toxicology, his alcohol level or any unknown drugs.”

Investigators said the man with Murphy was arrested due to his intoxication level at the time of the accident. Police also plan to question him about the fatal crash.

“We will be interviewing him today to find out any more information about the vehicle and description if we can,” said Jackson.

Investigators said because the hit-and-run happened so late at night, there were very few witnesses. They’re encouraging people to contact police if they have any information that can help this case. 

“That is all we know is the vehicle should have damage to the front end, hood and windshield of the vehicle,” said Jackson. 

The Walmart where Murphy worked was contacted by WLOX, but the manager didn't have a comment to share at this time.

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