Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2001, and continuing on Sunday, January 28, 2001, Deputy Fred Willits and Officer Kennon Winters canvassed Missy Hammond's neighborhood on Elm Street and nearby roads, namely Hickory Street and Sivley Street. (View a map of the neighborhood.)
Neighbors were interviewed to determine whether they saw or heard anything unusual on the afternoon or night of January 26, 2001 or the early morning hours of January 27, 2001.
The witness statements provided below are in summary and not verbatim.
Richard and Joanne Williams
312 Elm Street
Mr. and Mrs. Williams said they were at work on Friday, January 26 and did not arrive home until approximately 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively. Mrs. Williams said that, when she arrived home, she found her three children (identified as Richard Jr., age 11; Theodore, age 9; and Jennifer, age 8) and their babysitter (identified as Brenda Marsh, age 14) inside the residence watching television. She further said that she and her children drove Marsh home at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams said they did not observe any unusual activity at the Hammond residence after they arrived home Friday evening, until sheriff's officers arrived the following morning, Saturday, January 27, around 8:00 a.m. They further said that none of their children had reported seeing or hearing anything out of the ordinary at the Hammond residence on Friday afternoon.
When questioned directly in the presence of their parents, the Williams children said they had heard Missy Hammond arguing with her boyfriend on Friday afternoon, but could not specify the time. The Williams children added that Brenda and Chuck had taken them inside the Williams house shortly after the argument between Hammond and her boyfriend ended.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams said they knew Missy Hammond because their children often played with her daughter, Liddie. Both said they were not familiar with the details of Ms. Hammond's life, though they did know she was a hair stylist at Southern Beauty.
They added that they were aware Ms. Hammond had had an Order of Protection against her ex-husband, Roger Hammond, since July because Ms. Hammond had cautioned them that, if her ex-husband ever attempted to contact Liddie Hammond while she was with the Williamses, they should notify authorities immediately.