Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 000524-27A-2001
Case Description: Melissa Hammond homicide investigation

Private Investigator Pam Thompson submitted the following reports and invoice to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department in response to a subpoena.

View the detectives' interview with Pam Thompson.



Case Number: Kirby98751
Hire Date: 15-Jan-2001
Date Filed: 20-Jan-2001


Followed the subject four days during the partial week of January 16 through 18, 2001.


Subject left home alone in white Mustang at approx. 8:15 a.m. and drove directly to work. Subject left work approx. 6:40 p.m. He purchased gasoline and soft drink at McPhail's Chevron. Spoke for approx. 5 min. to clerk.

Subject then went to Kiamie's Bowling Center on Highway 6 and parked in handicapped parking near east entrance, arrived approx. 7:00 pm. Visual confirmation that subject participated in league bowling until approx. 9:30 pm. Subject then returned to car and immediately drove home.

See Follow-up Information section below for more details.


Subject left home with client in green Honda at approx. 8:20 a.m. and drove directly to work. At approx. 5:30 p.m., subject and client left work in green Honda and drove home. Subject left home at approx. 6:00 p.m. in white Mustang and returned to work. Subject remained at work late into the evening.

During this time, delivery was made to workplace by Pizza Den, approx. 7:40 p.m. Subject spoke briefly with delivery person, appeared to be normal transaction.

Subject left work approx. 9:50 p.m. and immediately drove home.


Subject left home with client in green Honda at approx. 8:00 a.m. and drove directly to work. Subject left work alone in green Honda at approx. 2:00 p.m. He drove to Pitner Office Supply on University and parked near east entrance.

I followed subject into the store. Posing as a shopper, I watched subject select 2 boxes of computer paper and an office chair. Subject lingered in paper supplies aisle; visual confirmation that subject looked at and handled certain packets at end of aisle. Subject replaced all packets onto shelf, purchased only the computer paper and chair.

After subject left, proceeded to end of aisle; packets were do-it-yourself legal aides. Two packets were placed backward on shelf: Business Partnership legal paperwork (form, dissolve, merge businesses) and divorce legal paperwork. While I can NOT positively confirm that subject had handled either packet, I believe based on visual estimates that these were among those he had handled.

Left Pitner Office Supply, having lost track of subject. Found subject again at work, unloading the computer paper and office chair from vehicle. Subject remained at work until 6:30 p.m., at which point he and client drove directly home.

Client exited vehicle at the residence and subject drove to Murff's. Visual confirmation that subject sat in bar watching television. Subject remained at Murff's until approx. 10:45 p.m.

Subject slept in car until approx. 12:35 am, then drove home.


Subject left home with client in green Honda at approx. 8:35 a.m. and drove directly to work. Subject left work alone in green Honda at approx. 11:30 a.m. He drove to Southern Beauty and waited in his car.

Approx. 11:45 female exited building and entered subject's vehicle. Subject and female appeared very friendly.

Subject drove to Buster Roodie's restauarant. Subject and female took booth and ordered lunch. Using a Minolta Maxxum Htsi with a 75-300 MM f/4.0 – 5.6 USM lens, I was able to photograph subject and female eating lunch and talking.

Subject paid for meal. Conversation seemed very friendly. Near end of meal, I photographed the subject holding female's hand.

Subject drove female back to Southern Beauty at approx. 1:00 p.m. and returned to work. Subject then remained at work until 7:00 p.m., at which point he and client drove immediately home.

Photographs are presented in Attachment A. Attachment A is not available to the public pending legal clearance.

See Follow-up Information section below for more details.


• Posing as an upset customer, I was able to determine name of clerk at gas station (Stan Dains). Research on Internet revealed subject and Dains are acquainted from high school, including being teammates in intramural softball.

• Brief questioning of a clerk (Josh Bullock) at Kiamie's Bowling Center revealed that subject was a semi-regular who often came on Tuesday nights to participate in league bowling. Clerk, who works every Tuesday night and is acquainted with subject, spoke very freely about the subject, stating he seemed very preoccupied and withdrawn on Jan. 16.

• Posing as a customer at Southern Beauty, I was able to determine female seen with subject to be Missy Hammond. Conversations with Southern Beauty employees heavily suggested that Missy Hammond had discussed how wonderful subject was, and popular opinion seemed to be that she was interested in getting back together with him.

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