Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday afternoon, 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. 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, residents at 312 Elm Street. Mr.
and Mrs. Williams stated 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 stated 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 stated that she and her
children drove Marsh home at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams stated 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 stated 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 stated 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 stated they knew Missy Hammond because their children
often played with her daughter, Liddie. Both stated 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.
- Georgia Simmons, resident at 313 Elm Street. Simmons stated
that she is a retired schoolteacher and is at home much of the time.
Simmons stated she heard an "uproar" outside on the afternoon
of Friday, January 26 at approximately 4:00 p.m. She said she looked
out of a window on the south side of her home and observed Missy Hammond
and an adult male approximately 30 years of age arguing in Hammond's
front yard. Simmons stated she was not pleased to see another disturbance
happening at the Hammond residence and that she was further displeased
to see Hammond "running around outdoors in her underwear in the
middle of the afternoon." Simmons stated she had witnessed a similar
argument between the same two parties approximately one month earlier
and that the prior incident resulted in the adult male's arrest. Simmons
said she was not acquainted with the adult male and did not wish to
Simmons stated that she did not observe any other "unseemly"
or unusual activity at the Hammond residence until she noted the arrival
of a police car at approximately 8:10 a.m. Saturday, January 27.
Simmons said she was only acquainted with Missy Hammond and her daughter,
Liddie, by sight and that she did not have any reason to interact with
them on a regular basis.
- Griffin Eastbrook, resident at 315 Elm Street. Eastbrook stated
he was at work on Friday, January 26 until approximately 5:15 p.m.,
at which time he returned home to prepare for a date that evening. He
left again at approximately 6:45 p.m. and returned home alone at approximately
12:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27. Eastbrook stated he did not see
or hear anything unusual during the period he was home Friday evening
or from the time he returned early Saturday morning until he noticed
the police cars in front of the Hammond residence at approximately 8:45
a.m. on Saturday, January 27, during his morning run.
Eastbrook stated he was not acquainted with Missy Hammond or her daughter,
- Helen Saunders, resident at 221 Sivley Street. Saunders stated
that she is a nurse and usually works the day shift at North Mississippi
Medical Center. She stated she typically arrives home between approximately
3:15 and 3:30 p.m., but she could not recall the exact time she arrived
home on Friday, January 26. However, Saunders said that, shortly after
she arrived home on January 26, she observed a dark-colored, mid-size
sedan parked on Sivley Street near her home that she did not recognize.
Saunders said she thought the car was an American-made model, but she
wasn't sure as she does not know much about cars. She added that she
believed the car was gone by 5:00 p.m. when she went out running, but
she couldn't be sure of the time.
Saunders stated she was not acquainted with either Missy Hammond or
her daughter, Liddie.
- Mark and Alice Etheridge, residents at 223 Sivley Street. Mr.
Etheridge stated that he did not arrive home from work until approximately
6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26 and that he did not see or hear anything
unusual in the neighborhood during the time in question.
Mrs. Etheridge stated that she is a stay-at-home mom and that she was
home with her children (identified as Kimberly, age 4 and Blaine, age
2) all day on Friday, January 26. Mrs. Etheridge said that she received
a package via Airborne Express delivery service on Friday afternoon
at approximately 4:30 p.m. At that time, she observed a dark blue or
black sedan parked on Sivley Street just southeast of her home and stated
that she assumed the driver was visiting her neighbor, Mrs. Jackson
at 225 Sivley Street. Mrs. Etheridge could not identify the make or
model of the vehicle and stated that she did not notice when it was
moved. Mr. Etheridge stated that he did not observe the vehicle when
he arrived home that evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Etheridge stated that they did not see or hear anything
unusual on Saturday, January 27, and did not hear of Missy Hammond's
death until Saturday evening when it was reported on the local news.
Mr. and Mrs. Etheridge stated they were acquainted with Missy Hammond
and her daughter, Liddie, because their daughter Kimberly occasionally
played with Liddie. However, they did not know Missy Hammond well and
were not familiar with any details of her personal life.
- Nettie Jackson, resident at 225 Sivley Street. Jackson stated
that she is a widow and is usually at home because of her arthritis.
She stated that, on Friday, January 26, at approximately 4:30 p.m. her
dog, Felix, began barking furiously at the windows on the northwest
side of her home. She looked out one of the northwest windows of her
home and observed an Airborne Express delivery truck in the driveway
next door at 223 Sivley Street. Jackson identified the home where she
saw the delivery truck as belonging to Mark and Alice Etheridge. Jackson
stated she believed her dog was barking at the delivery person.
When asked if she observed any unfamiliar vehicles or persons in the
area at that time other than the previously mentioned delivery truck,
Jackson stated that she did see a dark-colored car parked on Sivley
Street to the northwest of her home, between her residence and that
of the Etheridges. Jackson said she did not remember recognizing the
vehicle, but was unable give any additional description of it.
Jackson said that she did not see or hear anything else out of the ordinary
during the time in question.
Jackson stated that she did not know Missy Hammond or her daughter,
Liddie, because she "does not get out much."
- Darryl and Merlean Tyson, residents at 227 Sivley Street. Mr.
and Mrs. Tyson stated that they were both at work on Friday, January
26, and did not return home until approximately 9:00 p.m., after they
had met for dinner at El Charo's. Both witnesses said they observed
the police presence at the Hammond residence on Saturday, January 27,
but could not specify what time they noticed law enforcement was there.
The Tysons said they were both acquainted with Missy Hammond and her
daughter, Liddie. Mrs. Tyson said she had been a regular customer of
Hammond's at Southern Beauty for more than a year and knew that Hammond
had experienced "lots of trouble with men," including difficulties
with her ex-husband and with her current boyfriend. However, Mrs. Tyson
said that she did not know either of the men personally and could not
recall their names. Mrs. Tyson added that, when she was in the hair
salon approximately one week previously, a woman had come in and "was
making wild accusations" against Hammond, but the woman, whom Mrs.
Tyson did not know, did not seem to make much sense and left the salon
- Nolan Crenshaw, resident at 231 Sivley Street. Crenshaw stated
that he was at work during most of the time in question and did not
see or hear anything unusual.
- Wesley Hallford, resident at 104 Hickory Street. Hallford stated
he was out of town on business until Saturday afternoon and did not
see or hear anything unusual during the period in question.
- Priscilla Lovelace, resident at 106 Hickory Street. Lovelace
stated she did not see or hear anything unusual during the period in
question. Lovelace also said she did know Missy Hammond because Hammond
cut her hair at Southern Beauty salon, but that she did not know Hammond's
- Geoff Martin, resident at 108 Hickory Street. Martin stated
he observed uniformed Sheriff's officers in Hammond's backyard on Saturday,
January 27, but did not notice anything else unusual during the time
in question. Martin stated that he was superficially acquainted with
Missy Hammond and her daughter, Liddie, because they lived nearby, but
they did not know each other well.
- Kevin Travers, resident 110 Hickory Street. See the transcript
of the interview conducted with Kevin Travers on Saturday, January 27,