A Pauls Valley homicide investigation spanned two states and about 1,300 miles. The suspect tried to make a quick getaway and showed up in California just hours after the crime.
The only court record News 9 found on the man police think is connected to the crime is a speeding ticket but that may soon change.
The screen door is open, but nobody is home. It is what this place has looked like for a while, and Dave Clark just thought the man who lived there, Jack Brown, was away visiting family. It turns out that was not the case at all.
“He’s gone a lot and stays gone a week or two,” Clark said. “So I just thought he was gone. I didn’t see the lights come on and stuff at night.”
A relative could not reach Brown, and that is when Clark said someone showed up at his home.
“Never could get a hold of him and called somebody here in town to check on him,” he said.
They made the horrible discovery and then called for help.
“They were here until one o’clock this morning,” Clark said.
Inside Brown’s home, police said it was a murder scene.
Detectives are waiting on the medical examiner's office to positively identify the victim.
Investigators have tracked down a suspect in the case and issued an arrest warrant for 41-year-old Kent Brown.
Police are not releasing how the two know each other until they know for sure whose body was found inside Jack Brown's home, but they do know where Kent Brown fled to and zeroed in on him in Los Angeles.
Right now, the Pauls Valley assistant police chief is on his way to Los Angeles to meet with Brown.