HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Kimberly Watts was murdered in her Long Beach home in November of 2014. The case remains unsolved and now a new agency is taking the lead in finding her killer.
"I think this case touches a lot of people in the small city of Long Beach," said Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson.
Peterson's department has now taken over the investigation into Watt's murder from the Long Beach Police Department. The change comes as a result of George Bass - Watt's brother-in-law - being elected as the city's mayor.
"We were contacted a couple of weeks ago from the Long Beach Police Department in reference to taking over this case due to a conflict of interest with the mayor being related to the victim," Peterson said.
The circumstances surrounding the murder of Watts are now being looked at with fresh eyes. Capt. Coley Judy is trying to piece together the case like a puzzle.
"Like any cold cases, we have we start at the beginning of the case and look at all the evidence that's been obtained," Judy said.
In looking at the evidence, Peterson says the investigation is focusing on a specific person.
"There is a primary suspect in the case and we're following all leads and all angles to that person," Peterson said.
Peterson wouldn't say who that suspect is, but notes that his investigators are planning interviews with people who have already been questioned about the case. Others in the neighborhood where the crime happened will be interviewed for the first time.
"I promise you, we're going to put every bit of our efforts into this case on trying to solve it," Peterson said.
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to contact the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at 228-896-3000 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898.