Seven-year-old Liddie and her mom

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.

 

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Minitek Wall module

Maureen Kirby interview #2

The detectives asked Maureen about her reaction to the recent contact between her husband and Missy.

Steve Kirby interview #3

The detectives asked Steve about his relationship with Missy and his wife's reaction to it.

Liddie Hammond interview #2

The detectives talked to Liddie again to see if they could learn anything more from her.

Roger Hammond interview #3

The detectives talked to Missy's ex-husband again to try to answer some open questions.

Search – Roger Hammond

YCSD investigators obtained a warrant to search Roger Hammond's residence and vehicle.

Search – Kirbys

YCSD investigators obtained a warrant to search Steve and Maureen Kirby's residence and vehicles.

Kevin Travers interview #3

The detectives dropped in on Missy's neighbor to ask a few follow-up questions.

Pam Thompson interview

A local private investigator spoke to detectives about the Missy Hammond investigation.

PI report

Private investigator Pam Thompson provided a copy of her reports to the detectives.

Johnny McPhail interview #2

The detectives asked Johnny McPhail to provide some more information about Missy's relationships.

Selena Crosscroft interview #2

The detectives asked Selena Crosscroft for more details about Roger and his activities around the time of the murder.

Janet Hipps interview #2

The delivery person who was in the victim's neighborhood the afternoon of the murder agreed to work with investigators to try to remember more about that day.

Thomas Hammond interview #2

The detectives spoke with Roger's parents again to clear up some inconsistencies. Det. Murphy talked to Thomas Hammond.

Gloria Hammond interview #2

The detectives spoke with Roger's parents again to clear up some inconsistencies. Det. Armstrong talked to Gloria Hammond.

Places of interest

Investigators prepared a map showing locations relevant to the Missy Hammond homicide investigation.

Maureen Kirby alibi

Investigators attempted to verify Maureen Kirby's whereabouts on the afternoon of January 26th.

Preliminary forensics

The Crime Lab provided preliminary findings on their analysis of evidence collected in the Hammond investigation. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Steve Kirby interview #2

The detectives asked Missy's former boyfriend to come back in and clarify a few open questions.

Roger Hammond interview #2

The detectives brought Roger Hammond back in to discuss some unresolved questions about his previous comments.

Maureen Kirby bio

DOB: 9/27/75 
Occupation: Business Manager, Complete Computing Specialists 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's ex-boyfriend's wife
Excerpt: "Maureen was incensed at what she thought was Missy's…"

Maureen Kirby interview

The detectives asked Steve Kirby's wife to come in for a conversation about her connection to the victim.

Insurance investigator's letter

An insurance investigator contacted the detectives regarding the Missy Hammond homicide investigation.

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