Young mother murdered

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

[Murdered Mommy] Whodunit?

Case Detectives: The Kudzu Kids are worried. Why are so many dogs missing in Yoknapatawpha County? Maybe the county's animal control officer can provide some clues. Coming up… Rachel, Zach, Melody and Emma try to figure out if there's a pattern in where the missing dogs were last seen. Will you help? Case Officers: Your investigation into the murder of Missy Hammond wraps up on Friday. Do you know who strangled this young mother and left the body for her seven-year-old daughter to find? Coming up… an all-new Crime Scene case for all ages begins for you on Monday, October 31st. Join the Kudzu Kids in solving a neighborhood mystery. Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] What did the PI see?

Case Detectives: Your investigation into the murder of Missy Hammond concluded on Monday. Did you accurately identify whodunit? Coming up… an all-new Crime Scene case for all ages begins for you on Monday, October 24th. Join the Kudzu Kids in solving a neighborhood mystery. Case Officers: You're closing in on Missy's killer. Does private investigator Pam Thompson hold the key to cracking the case? Learn more in today's update. Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] What secrets was the child asked to keep?

It's always hard to be in the middle of an acrimonious divorce, and it's even worse when you're just seven years old. Liddie Hammond found herself caught between the two people she loved the most and their extended families. Who told her to lie about what happened and why? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] Does the jealous wife's alibi hold up?

Maureen Kirby makes no secret of her feelings about Missy Hammond, her husband's high school girlfriend. She thought Missy was threatening her marriage, and she didn't like it. But was Maureen "running errands" when Missy was murdered, as she claimed? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] A loyal girlfriend is a great alibi?

Selena Crosscroft is smart, driven and clearly devoted to her boyfriend, Roger Hammond. But can she vouch for his whereabouts at the time his ex-wife was murdered? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] You think your in-laws are bad?

Gloria Hammond, Missy's former mother-in-law, never had much use for Missy, even she was still married to her son. After Missy and Roger divorced, relations got even frostier — until Gloria realized that Missy was the gatekeeper standing between her and her granddaughter. They reached a kind of detente that let Gloria and her husband, Thomas, see seven-year-old Liddie. Now Missy is dead, murdered in her own home. How sad do you think Gloria Hammond is about it? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] First potential suspect? Always the ex

Everyone knows that Missy Hammond's divorce was ugly, and the battle over custody of their daughter was heated. Now Missy is dead. Where was her ex that day? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

Who killed my mommy?

Seven-year-old Liddie's grandparents brought her home one evening, and she found her mother "asleep" in bed. When her grandfather arrived the next morning, her mother still hadn't woken up. What happened to this young mother? How much did this child witness? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

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Introduction

The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of young mother, Missy Hammond.

What happened?

On January 26, 2001, Jonah Dale arrived at the home of his 25-year-old daughter, Missy Hammond, and found her dead in her bed. Missy's seven-year-old daughter, Liddie, was also in the home, bewildered after apparently spending the night with her mother's body. What happened to this young mother? Who could've wanted to hurt her? What, if anything, did the child see and hear? Physical evidence was collected at the scene and witnesses are being questioned. No suspects were immediately identified, but Missy had an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a doting neighbor, and a married ex-boyfriend. The investigation is ongoing.

Help investigate the case

Case documents are presented in chronological order in the Case Files section. There are four types of case documents: Evidence, Interviews, Biographies, and Press. Click the relevant tag at the top of the Case Files page to filter by document type. If this is your first look at the investigation, you may want to start here: TV news report from the crime scene The YCSD incident report Local newspaper coverage of the death Interview with Jonah Dale, called 911

News video

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.

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Coed hanged

Courtney Morris' best friend, Mee-Yon Kim, was worried because she hadn't been able to reach her. Mee-Yon convinced the manager to let her into Courtney's apartment, and they found Courtney hanged inside.

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Morris Case Timeline

YCSD investigators compiled a timeline of the victim's and the witnesses' activities on the weekend Courtney Morris was killed.
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