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YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Incident report

Investigating Officer: Det. T. Nelson
Incident Reported: 12/13/87, 7:13 a.m.
Incident Address: Hathorn Road, south of Creekmore Blvd.
Victim's name: Kevin Gilmore (tentative ID)
Age: 20
Address: 230 Kinard Hall, University, MS
Suspects: None at this time

Description of Incident:

At approximately 7:13 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a dead body on the side of Hathorn Road, approximately 500 feet south of Creekmore Blvd.

The caller identified herself as Mae Jenkins, an employee of the University of Mississippi Physical Plant. Jenkins said the body was found by another employee, Tomas Robards, who was still at the scene.

Det. D. Anderson and I were on duty at the time and proceeded directly to the scene, notifying coroner's inspector Ricky Davis en route.

We arrived at the scene at 7:42 a.m., and found that Officer Watson had secured the area and detained the witness, Tomas Robards.

Watson reported that when he arrived on the scene, he found Robards sitting in his 1977 green Ford pickup truck. Watson secured Robards in the back seat of his patrol car, and then approached what Watson described as the body of a white male, approximately 18-25 years old.

After verifying that the victim did not appear to be breathing and had no pulse, Watson taped off the area and secured the scene with assistance from Deputy Nichols.

The victim was lying face up in a grassy traffic island created by Hathorn Road and a semicircular driveway. The victim's head was to the south, and both arms were extended on the ground above his head. Cuts, abrasions and contusions were visible on the victim's face and hands. The victim's legs were extended with the feet pointing north.

Restaurant check
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The victim was fully clothed, wearing blue jeans, a blue Ole Miss Basketball hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers and socks.

Other than the minor wounds on the face and hands, there were no other signs of injury and no apparent cause of death.

Coroner's Inspector Davis arrived at the scene at 8:03 a.m. After a preliminary examination, Inspector Davis said the victim may have been dead for 12 to 48 hours, but cautioned that further information and more details would be available post-autopsy.

Inspector Davis checked the victim's pockets and found a key ring with four keys, a restaurant check with the notation "4:20 12/11 2AM" and a University of Mississippi student identification card issued to Kevin Gilmore. The photo on the ID card appeared consistent with the victim, but victim identification will need to be confirmed.

Key found underneath body
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When Inspector Davis moved the body, a key with a washer attached was found underneath it and taken into evidence.

Inspector Davis oversaw transportation of the body to the morgue for autopsy.

Detective Anderson and I returned to the Sheriff's Office to interview Tomas Robards, who had been transported there earlier by Deputy Nichols.


REPORT FILED 12/13/87, 8:00 P.M., BY DET. TERRY NELSON

 

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It is strange that they could find no reason for them to die, so maybe they were drugged or they overdosed on drugs. We need a post mortam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Does anyone know how long the kid could last without his diabetes medicine??

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What I don't het is. if there was a note cut into the door, surely the killer(s) wou;d have had to lean on the door to get enough force to cut the door. We should either have a fingerprint/handprint on the door, or on the floor surrounding it, as...

What I don't het is. if there was a note cut into the door, surely the killer(s) wou;d have had to lean on the door to get enough force to cut the door. We should either have a fingerprint/handprint on the door, or on the floor surrounding it, as you need to put weight on your hand to cut a door that much, and if you don't lean on a hand, you'll just fall over...

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  1.    Hannah Smith

I think the note on the door was written/carved by Kevin after he was locked in the room.

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  1.    Sue Wiseman

thats a good theory, but how did he know he was going to die? Also, what did he carve the note with? It could have been the key underneath him, but then it would have been laying out in a different position to him, not underneath him. He didn't...

thats a good theory, but how did he know he was going to die? Also, what did he carve the note with? It could have been the key underneath him, but then it would have been laying out in a different position to him, not underneath him. He didn't have a knife, but I suppose he could have done it with his fingermails, as they were torn, but could they really do that much? I think it depends on whether the door was samp, as that can make it easier to chip off solid wood.

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  1.    Sue Wiseman

Yea and robard was missing his key which would explain how Kevin got out of the room and who Roabrd key went missing and and why it was under kevins Body

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does the key under the body belong to kevin? like, does it fit in his house, car? does it have his fingerprints on? we need to know whose key that is, as that would explain a lot... if it is kevins, then if it came out of his pocket when he fell,...

does the key under the body belong to kevin? like, does it fit in his house, car? does it have his fingerprints on? we need to know whose key that is, as that would explain a lot... if it is kevins, then if it came out of his pocket when he fell, surely it would have been in the hidden room, unless he was thrown from a car/van. If it is the killer(s) he/she must have dropped it before rolling kevin over, or placed it under him for some reason!

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  1.    Hannah Smith

The key had a washer on it just like the ones that the Physical plant employees carried. Just like the one the man who found the body should have been carrying but couldn't find.

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  1.    Sue Wiseman

Oh right!
Does that mean the man was there, or could kevin, or someone else, borrowed it?

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Has anyone figured out what the note was for? What does 4:20 mean?

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  1.    Daniel

4.20 means marijuana.

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maybe that room use to be a office wehre grades were kept and Kevin got caught altering grades

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notice how the lock can be openend from the outside though needs a key from the inside

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I still think it was a hazing process gone wrong.

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Ok, so 4:20 means marijuana. But could you check if this is truly Kevin's writing. Match it with other papers that you're sure it has his own handwriting. The 4 and the A are quite special.

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From the way the position the body was in when found, it looks like it was carried there, because of the arms being straight over the head and the legs being straight down. I think two people must have been involved in the movement of the body.

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