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  • An insurance investigator contacted the detectives regarding a policy on the victim
    September 30, 2016 Detectives 6

    Insurance investigator's letter

    An insurance investigator contacted the detectives regarding the Missy Hammond homicide investigation.
  • Missy's father came in to answer some more questions about his daughter's life
    September 30, 2016 Detectives 6

    Jonah Dale interview #2

    The detectives asked Missy's father to come in for another interview to follow up on some open questions.
  • Dana was Missy's closest friend at the hair salon where they both worked
    September 29, 2016 Detectives 14

    Dana Tonninger interview

    Detective Murphy talked to one of Missy Hammond's close friends at the Southern Beauty hair salon.
  • Investigators spoke to the victim's co-workers about her life and state of mind before her death
    September 29, 2016 Detectives 14

    Southern Beauty canvass

    Investigators spoke to the victim's co-workers about her life and state of mind before her death.
  • Selena's personal history has made her a strong advocate for fathers' rights
    September 28, 2016 Detectives 15

    Selena Crosscroft bio

    DOB: 8/11/76 Occupation: Social worker, NMRC Hometown: Memphis, TN Relationship to case: Victim's ex-husband's girlfriendExcerpt: "[Selena] constantly reviewed divorce law and custody statutes, looking for something that would give [Roger]…"
  • The detectives questioned Selena about her relationship with Roger, her alibi, and more
    September 28, 2016 Detectives 22

    Selena Crosscroft interview

    The detectives spoke to Roger Hammond's girlfriend about her whereabouts the afternoon of January 26th and other relevant questions.
  • Chuck was babysitting with Brenda Marsh across the street from the victim's residence on January 26th
    September 27, 2016 Interviews 31

    Chuck Ward interview

    The detectives spoke to Brenda Marsh's friend who was with her the afternoon of January 26th.
  • This Airborne Express employee delivered a package to one of the victim's neighbors the afternoon of January 26th
    September 27, 2016 Detectives 32

    Janet Hipps interview

    The detectives tracked down the delivery driver seen in the victim's neighborhood on the afternoon of January 26th.
  • Investigators spoke to Roger's co-workers about his whereabouts on January 26th
    September 27, 2016 Detectives 30

    Farrell Motors employee canvass

    Investigators spoke to Farrell Motors employees to try to corroborate Roger Hammond's alibi.
  • Thomas Hammond gave deputies permission to collect evidence from the service center
    September 27, 2016 Detectives 26

    Search – Farrell Motors

    Thomas Hammond gave investigators permission to collect evidence from the Farrell Motors service center.
  • The detectives think Brenda left out some details in her account of the events on the afternoon before Missy Hammond was found dead
    Sep 26, 2016

    Brenda Marsh interview #2

    The detectives talked to babysitter Brenda Marsh again to clarify some questions about her original statement.
  • Steve and Missy dated in high school until their messy break-up
    Sep 26, 2016

    Steve Kirby bio

    DOB: 4/17/75 Occupation: Co-owner, Complete Computing Specialists Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: Victim's ex-boyfriendExcerpt: "Steve thought this was the perfect way to teach Missy a lesson."
  • The detectives asked Steve about his current relationship with Missy
    Sep 26, 2016

    Steve Kirby interview

    The detectives tracked down Missy's high school boyfriend and asked him to come in for an interview.
  • Kevin remembered a letter Missy had given him before she died
    Sep 23, 2016

    Kevin Travers interview #2

    Kevin Travers notified the detectives that he had some additional information to share with them.
  • The victim gave her neighbor a letter to open if something happened to her
    Sep 23, 2016

    Missy's letter to Kevin Travers

    Evidence 123
    Weeks before she died, Missy gave Kevin a letter to open if something happened to her.
  • Just what could Kevin Travers see of Missy's place from his house?
    Sep 23, 2016

    Travers' view of Hammond residence

    Evidence 123
    Investigators prepared a diagram of the relative locations of the Hammond and Travers residences.
  • The detectives tried to get Liddie to open up about what she witnessed around her mother's murder
    Sep 22, 2016

    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.
  • The victim's daughter drew pictures of her family
    Sep 22, 2016

    Liddie Hammond drawings

    Evidence 146
    In happier times, the victim's daughter drew a picture of her family.
  • The coroner produced a preliminary report on Missy Hammond's autopsy
    Sep 22, 2016

    Coroner's report

    Evidence 160
    Preliminary report from the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office on the autopsy of Melissa Hammond. Additional analyses are ongoing.
  • Roger's parents have long had a difficult relationship with each other and others
    Sep 21, 2016

    Thomas & Gloria Hammond bio

    Married: 6/17/72 Occupation: Co-owners, Farrell Motors Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: Victim's ex-in-lawsExcerpt: "Almost immediately, the couple began fighting over…"
  • The detectives found the Hammond had differing opinions of their former daughter-in-law
    Sep 21, 2016

    Thomas & Gloria Hammond interview

    The detectives visited the Hammonds at their car dealership to talk about their son and former daughter-in-law.
  • Johnny has been close to his cousin, Jonah, and his daughter since Jonah's wife left them
    Sep 20, 2016

    Johnny McPhail bio

    DOB: 12/24/41 Occupation: Actor/Freelance CPA Hometown: Burlington, NC Relationship to case: Victim's cousinExcerpt: "[Johnny often gave Missy] advice on matters that she didn't feel comfortable discussing with…"
  • Missy Hammond confided in her cousin Johnny
    Sep 20, 2016

    Johnny McPhail interview

    The detectives talked to Jonah Dale's cousin, who had a close relationship with Dale's daughter, Missy Hammond.
  • The Oxford Eagle covers the funeral for young mother Missy Hammond
    Sep 19, 2016

    Murder victim laid to rest

    Press 121
    The local newspaper reports on the Missy Hammond's funeral.
  • Investigators spoke to potential witnesses about JP Wallace's whereabouts the night of Missy Hammond's death
    Sep 19, 2016

    JP Wallace alibi canvass

    Investigators conducted a canvass of Murff's patrons to try to corroborate JP Wallace's alibi.
  • The detectives met with Dr. Flaherty to find out why he was in Missy Hammond's phone records
    Sep 19, 2016

    Dr. Charles Flaherty interview

    The detectives spoke to the doctor whose phone number was in Missy Hammond's phone records.
  • Phone records for the landline at Missy Hammond's residence
    Sep 16, 2016

    Missy Hammond phone records

    Evidence 153
    YCSD investigators obtained Missy Hammond's phone records for the days prior to her death.
  • The detectives pulled the incident report for the break-in at Missy Hammond's residence days before her death
    Sep 16, 2016

    YCSD archive: Break-in incident report

    Evidence 131
    On January 18, 2001, a 911 caller reported a break-in at at residence at 311 Elm Street.
  • The Oxford Eagle covers recent burglaries in Yoknapatawpha County
    Sep 16, 2016

    Daylight burglar strikes again

    Press 131
    The local newspaper reports on recent burglaries in Yoknapatawpha County.
  • JP has always been something of a ne'er-do-well
    Sep 15, 2016

    JP Wallace bio

    DOB: 8/9/72 Occupation: Warehouse associate Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: Victim's boyfriendExcerpt: "By the first of the year, he was growing tired of Missy's demands on…"
  • Multiple witnesses saw JP and Missy arguing the day she died
    Sep 15, 2016

    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.
  • Sep 14, 2016

    Roger Hammond bio

    DOB: 10/31/74 Occupation: Sales Manager, Farrell Motoes Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: Victim's ex-husbandExcerpt: "[Roger] flew into a rage and began ransacking the…"
  • The detectives asked the victim's ex-husband to provide an alibi for the time of the murder
    Sep 14, 2016

    Roger Hammond interview

    The detectives brought in Roger Hammond to talk about his ex-wife's murder.
  • Investigators canvassed Missy's neighbors in search of witnesses
    Sep 13, 2016

    Hammond neighbor canvass

    Investigators conducted a canvass of residents in Missy Hammond's neighborhood.
  • Map showing Missy Hammond's neighbors' residences
    Sep 13, 2016

    Hammond neighborhood map

    Evidence 250
    Investigators prepared a map of Missy Hammond's neighborhood
  • Brenda saw the fight between Missy and JP the afternoon before Missy's body was found
    Sep 12, 2016

    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.
  • Inventory of evidence collected at the Hammond homicide scene
    Sep 12, 2016

    Hammond scene evidence inventory

    Evidence 346
    CSU submitted this preliminary inventory of items taken into evidence in the Missy Hammond homicide investigation.
  • Kevin has had a crush on Missy ever since she moved in
    Sep 09, 2016

    Kevin Travers bio

    DOB: 6/2/72 Occupation: Photographer Hometown: Pontotoc, MS Relationship to case: Victim's neighborExcerpt: "Kevin often seethed with anger and frustration when he…"
  • Kevin saw Missy arguing with her boyfriend the day before she died
    Sep 09, 2016

    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.
  • Jonah told the detectives about finding his daughter dead
    Sep 08, 2016

    Jonah Dale bio

    DOB: 5/4/49 Occupation: Hardware department manager Hometown: Tupelo, MS Relationship to case: Victim's fatherExcerpt: "Jonah was heartbroken and lonely but fought his depression to…"
  • Jonah found his daughter's body and was interviewed at the scene
    Sep 08, 2016

    Jonah Dale interview

    The detectives spoke to Jonah Dale at the crime scene, after he found his daughter's body and called 911.
  • The Oxford Eagle covers the death of young mother Missy Hammond
    Sep 07, 2016

    Young mother murdered

    Press 509
    The local newspaper reports on the death of young mother, Melissa Hammond.
  • Missy was found strangled to death in her home
    Sep 07, 2016

    Missy Hammond bio

    DOB: 7/18/75 Occupation: Hairstylist Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: VictimExcerpt: "Sometimes the fights escalated into the breaking of furniture and dishes and even violent…"
  • Liddie apparently spent the night next to her mother's dead body
    Sep 07, 2016

    Liddie Hammond bio

    DOB: 12/12/93 Occupation: Student Hometown: Oxford, MS Relationship to case: Victim's daughterExcerpt: "Liddie still believes to this day that if she had been more of a good girl, they would…"
  • Investigators responded to a report of a body found at an Elm Street residence
    Sep 06, 2016

    Incident report

    Evidence 695
    On January 27, 2001, a 911 caller reported the discovery of a body inside an Elm Street residence.
  • A local TV news reporter is live at the crime scene
    Sep 06, 2016

    News video

    Press 577
    The local news reports live from the crime scene, where a young mother was found dead in her home.

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