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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.

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…"

Young mother murdered

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

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

Hammond neighbor canvass

Investigators conducted a canvass of residents in Missy Hammond's neighborhood.

Roger Hammond interview

The detectives brought in Roger Hammond to talk about his ex-wife's murder.

Roger Hammond bio

DOB: 10/31/74 
Occupation: Sales Manager, Farrell Motoes 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's ex-husband
Excerpt: "[Roger] flew into a rage and began ransacking the…"

JP Wallace interview

The detectives brought in Missy Hammond's boyfriend to talk about their relationship and the argument they had the afternoon of her death.

JP Wallace bio

DOB: 8/9/72
Occupation: Warehouse associate 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's boyfriend
Excerpt: "By the first of the year, he was growing tired of Missy's demands on…"

Daylight burglar strikes again

The local newspaper reports on recent burglaries in Yoknapatawpha County.

YCSD archive: Break-in incident report

On January 18, 2001, a 911 caller reported a break-in at at residence at 311 Elm Street.

Missy Hammond phone records

YCSD investigators obtained Missy Hammond's phone records for the days prior to her death.

Dr. Charles Flaherty interview

The detectives spoke to the doctor whose phone number was in Missy Hammond's phone records.

JP Wallace alibi canvass

Investigators conducted a canvass of Murff's patrons to try to corroborate JP Wallace's alibi.

Murder victim laid to rest

The local newspaper reports on the Missy Hammond's funeral.

Johnny McPhail interview

The detectives talked to Jonah Dale's cousin, who had a close relationship with Dale's daughter, Missy Hammond.

Johnny McPhail bio

DOB: 12/24/41 
Occupation: Actor/Freelance CPA 
Hometown: Burlington, NC 
Relationship to case: Victim's cousin
Excerpt: "[Johnny often gave Missy] advice on matters that she didn't feel comfortable discussing with…"

Thomas & Gloria Hammond interview

The detectives visited the Hammonds at their car dealership to talk about their son and former daughter-in-law.

Thomas & Gloria Hammond bio

Married: 6/17/72
Occupation: Co-owners, Farrell Motors
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's ex-in-laws
Excerpt: "Almost immediately, the couple began fighting over…"

Coroner's report

Preliminary report from the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office on the autopsy of Melissa Hammond. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Liddie Hammond drawings

In happier times, the victim's daughter drew a picture of her family.

Liddie Hammond interview

The detectives spoke with the victim's seven-year-old daughter about what she saw and heard the night her mother was killed.

Travers' view of Hammond residence

Investigators prepared a diagram of the relative locations of the Hammond and Travers residences.

Missy's letter to Kevin Travers

Weeks before she died, Missy gave Kevin a letter to open if something happened to her.

Kevin Travers interview #2

Kevin Travers notified the detectives that he had some additional information to share with them.

Steve Kirby interview

The detectives tracked down Missy's high school boyfriend and asked him to come in for an interview.

Steve Kirby bio

DOB: 4/17/75
Occupation: Co-owner, Complete Computing Specialists 
Hometown: Oxford, MS
Relationship to case: Victim's ex-boyfriend
Excerpt: "Steve thought this was the perfect way to teach Missy a lesson."

Brenda Marsh interview #2

The detectives talked to babysitter Brenda Marsh again to clarify some questions about her original statement.

Search – Farrell Motors

Thomas Hammond gave investigators permission to collect evidence from the Farrell Motors service center.

Farrell Motors employee canvass

Investigators spoke to Farrell Motors employees to try to corroborate Roger Hammond's alibi.

Janet Hipps interview

The detectives tracked down the delivery driver seen in the victim's neighborhood on the afternoon of January 26th.

Chuck Ward interview

The detectives spoke to Brenda Marsh's friend who was with her the afternoon of January 26th.

Selena Crosscroft interview

The detectives spoke to Roger Hammond's girlfriend about her whereabouts the afternoon of January 26th and other relevant questions.

Selena Crosscroft bio

DOB: 8/11/76
Occupation: Social worker, NMRC
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Relationship to case: Victim's ex-husband's girlfriend
Excerpt: "[Selena] constantly reviewed divorce law and custody statutes, looking for something that would give [Roger]…"

Southern Beauty canvass

Investigators spoke to the victim's co-workers about her life and state of mind before her death.

Dana Tonninger interview

Detective Murphy talked to one of Missy Hammond's close friends at the Southern Beauty hair salon.

Jonah Dale interview #2

The detectives asked Missy's father to come in for another interview to follow up on some open questions.

Registered vehicles

Investigators compiled a list of vehicles registered to persons of interest in the investigation.

Insurance investigator's letter

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

Maureen Kirby interview

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

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…"

Roger Hammond interview #2

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

Steve Kirby interview #2

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

Preliminary forensics

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

Maureen Kirby alibi

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

Places of interest

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

Gloria Hammond interview #2

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

Thomas Hammond interview #2

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

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.

Selena Crosscroft interview #2

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

Johnny McPhail interview #2

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

PI report

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

Pam Thompson interview

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

Kevin Travers interview #3

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

Search – Kirbys

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

Search – Roger Hammond

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

Roger Hammond interview #3

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

Liddie Hammond interview #2

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

Steve Kirby interview #3

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

Maureen Kirby interview #2

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

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