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The local news reports live from the crime scene, where a young mother was found dead in her home.

Incident report

On January 27, 2001, a 911 caller reported the discovery of a body inside an Elm Street residence.

Young mother murdered

The local newspaper reports on the death of young mother, Melissa Hammond.

Liddie Hammond bio

DOB: 12/12/93 
Occupation: Student 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's daughter
Excerpt: "Liddie still believes to this day that if she had been more of a good girl, they would…"

Missy Hammond bio

DOB: 7/18/75 
Occupation: Hairstylist 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim
Excerpt: "Sometimes the fights escalated into the breaking of furniture and dishes and even violent…"

Jonah Dale interview

The detectives spoke to Jonah Dale at the crime scene, after he found his daughter's body and called 911.

Jonah Dale bio

DOB: 5/4/49 
Occupation: Hardware department manager 
Hometown: Tupelo, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's father
Excerpt: "Jonah was heartbroken and lonely but fought his depression to…"

Kevin Travers interview

The detectives spoke with Missy Hammond's friend and neighbor, Kevin Travers, about what went on in the neighborhood the day before her body was found.

Kevin Travers bio

DOB: 6/2/72 
Occupation: Photographer 
Hometown: Pontotoc, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's neighbor
Excerpt: "Kevin often seethed with anger and frustration when he…"

Hammond scene evidence inventory

CSU submitted this preliminary inventory of items taken into evidence in the Missy Hammond homicide investigation.

Brenda Marsh interview

The detectives spoke to a teenager who was babysitting across the street from the Hammond house on the afternoon of January 26, 2001.

Hammond neighborhood map

Investigators prepared a map of Missy Hammond's neighborhood

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