Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 9:30 a.m.
Sheriff's investigators tracked down the Oxford address
and telephone number for Jordan Rodale, half-brother of the victim
Devlin Beauchamp. Det. Ted Armstrong contacted the Rodale residence on
Saturday morning, January 9, 2010 to schedule an interview with Jordan
Rodale. Det. Armstrong spoke with Mr. Rodale's personal assistant,
Detective Armstrong:This is Detective Ted
Armstrong of the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department. May I speak
with Jordan Rodale, please?
Vincent Jones: I'm sorry. Mr. Rodale is out of
town. Is there something I can help you with?
Detective Armstrong: Who am I speaking to, please?
Vincent Jones:My name is Vincent Jones. I'm Mr.
Rodale's personal assistant.
Detective Armstrong: I see. And you say Mr.
Rodale is out of town?
Vincent Jones: Yes sir. He's traveling on
Detective Armstrong: When did he leave on this
Vincent Jones: Mr. Rodale flew out of Memphis on
Detective Armstrong: Where did he go?
Vincent Jones: He's in New York, meeting with his
Detective Armstrong: When will he be back in
Vincent Jones: I expect him back next Sunday.
Detective Armstrong: That's January 17th?
Vincent Jones: Yes.
Detective Armstrong: That's a pretty long trip
for one meeting.
Vincent Jones: Mr. Rodale has several friends in
New York. He'll be spending time with some of them before he returns.
Detective Armstrong: OK. Well, we need to speak
with him on an urgent matter. If I leave a message with you, will he
get it before he gets back to Oxford?
Vincent Jones: Of course, sir.
Detective Armstrong: Please tell Mr. Rodale that
we need to speak with him as soon as possible regarding his brother,
Vincent Jones: His half-brother.
Detective Armstrong: What? Yes, of course. His
half-brother. Would you please ask Mr. Rodale to contact us at the
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department? He can speak to either
Detective Sam Murphy or to me, Detective Ted Armstrong. Have you got
Vincent Jones: Yes sir. You'd like him to contact
you or Detective Murphy at the Sheriff's Office regarding Mr. Beauchamp.
Detective Armstrong: That's correct. And it is
very important that we speak with him as soon as possible. If he could
get in touch with us today, that would be best.
Vincent Jones: Is there anything else you'd like
me to include in the message.
Detective Armstrong: No, thank you. Just make
sure he understands it's very urgent that we talk to him. I'd hate for
us to have to track him down in New York. Some folks find that a little
Vincent Jones: I see.
Detective Armstrong: So you'll make sure he gets
back to us today?
Vincent Jones: I'll do my best, Detective.
Detective Armstrong: Thank you. If we don't hear
from him, I'll be back in touch with you tomorrow, Mr. Jones.
Vincent Jones:I understand. I'll pass your
message on to Mr. Rodale when I speak to him. You have a nice day,
Detective Armstrong: You too, Mr. Jones. Thank
you for your help. Good-bye.
Mr. Rodale did not contact the Sheriff's Department on
Saturday, January 9, 2010. Follow up calls to his residence have not
been answered and the messages left have not been returned.
Interview ends: 10:00 a.m.