Beginning on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 and continuing on Thursday,
February 15, 2001, Detectives Murphy and Armstrong interviewed the staff
at Southern Beauty hairstyling salon. These people were co-workers of
the victim and were interviewed to gather any relevant information they
might possess. The witness statements, provided below in summary and not
verbatim, are representative of all interviews conducted.
- Jenna McIntosh, resident of 1635 Oxford Place. McIntosh stated
that the victim had not been acting weird or different in the days preceding
her death. "We often chatted in between customers," said McIntosh,
"and she always complained about her boyfriend JP and anything
that might be going on with Roger. But that was pretty much all the
time, nothing unusual about that." McIntosh did not remember any
specific details about the victim's interactions with Steve Kirby or
any other men. "We weren't that close, you know," she said,
"We were friendly and all, but she wasn't going to tell me anything
that private." McIntosh referred to Dana Tonninger as the victim's
closest friend at the salon. When asked about an incident involving
a woman who came into the shop, apparently irate at the victim, McIntosh
said that she must have been off work that particular day as she had
no memory of such incident.
- Stephanie Carr, resident at 500 Sisk Avenue. Carr also did
not remember anything unusual in regards to the victim's behavior. She
stated that she rarely ever talked to the victim and did not know much
about her personal life, "beyond what you heard around the shop."
Carr did remember a woman coming into the salon and demanding that the
victim cut her hair. While Hammond was cutting the woman's hair, the
woman made loud comments which Carr remembered as "saying stuff
like 'Hussies should keep to their own men. Stay with the kind of trash
they normally run around with and leave decent men alone.' That kind
of stuff." Carr did not know who the woman was and remembered that
she was a walk-in customer and did not have an appointment.
- Melanie Cardiff, resident at 544 n 9th. Cardiff stated that
she had known the victim since high school, although they weren't that
close. Cardiff said that "the whole town knew about her bad taste
in men, that was no secret." When asked for more details, Cardiff
stated that "I don't really know what was going on with her life
recently, but I remember when she and Steve Kirby broke up in high school.
There were a bunch of people who wondered if Steve wasn't the father
of that baby instead of Roger." When asked about the incident with
the woman, Cardiff responded authoritatively. "Oh yeah," she
said, "that was Steve Kirby's wife, Maureen. Her maiden name's
Silver." Cardiff stated that she doesn't know the details about
what the confrontation might have been about, but speculated that "It
probably had something to do with Steve. Everyone knew that Maureen
had to snare him, and he didn't really love her. I'm sure she's feeling
insecure about Steve and Missy." When asked if she knew of any
reason Maureen Kirby would be concerned about her husband's recent relationship
with the victim, Cardiff said she had not heard that Steve Kirby and
Missy Hammond were involved again just prior to Hammond's death, but
"everyone always thought they would get back together one day."
- Lisa Prescott, resident at 625 Frontage Road. Prescott corroborated
much of what the other witnesses stated but did not add anything different.
When asked about the phone call to the victim's house on the day after
the murder, Prescott stated "I was just calling to say hi to her.
I had been out of town and wanted to see if she could meet for lunch
on Sunday." Prescott said she did not speak to Hammond and left
a short message asking her to return the call, but did not hear back