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INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue E
Oxford, MS 38655

 _X_ INCIDENT
     ___ Juvenile
     ___ Senior Citizen
     ___ Gang

 ___ ARREST
     ___ Child Abuse
     ___ Domestic
     ___ Involved Alcohol
 CASE NUMBER:
  003709-22K-2013
Date Reported:
  11-22-2013
 Time Reported:
  5:48 PM
 OFFENSE:
  TBD
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
  
 STATUTE:
  
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
 
 STATUTE:
 
  ___ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 Location of Offense(Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
  Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center
  1710 Belk Boulevard, Oxford, Mississippi
 Date of Offense:
  11-22-2013
 Time of Offense:
  TBD
 Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
  N/A
 Date of Arrest:
  N/A
 Time of Arrest:
  N/A
 Reporting Officer:
  Det. Sam Murphy
 Unit Number:
  633
 Assisting Officer:
  Det. Ted Armstrong
 Unit Number:
  615

 

PERSON 1
 Type:
 Victim
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Diane Coates
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 unknown
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 4"
 Weight
 180 lbs.
 Hair
 Brown
 Eyes
 Brown
 Sex
  F
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 Black
 Shirt
 Maroon
 Pants
 Black
 Skirt/Dress
  N/A
 Age
     48
 DOB
 6-13-64
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 Fatal
 Injury Description
 no external injuries visible at scene
 Address
 210 Elm Street, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 234-XXXX
 Bus Phone 915-XXXX
 Occupation
 Special Events Assistant
 Employer/School
 University of Mississippi
 Employer Address
 E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University, MS

 

PERSON 2
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Sandra Moss
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 victim's supervisor
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 5"
 Weight
 115 lbs.
 Hair
 Blonde
 Eyes
 Hazel
 Sex
 F
 Hat
  Hunter's cap
 Jacket/Coat
 Tan
 Shirt
 White
 Pants
 Brown
 Skirt/Dress
 N/A
 Age
     39
 DOB
 1/14/1974
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 288 North 14th Street, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 236-XXXX
 Bus Phone 915-XXXX
 Occupation
 Sr. Project Manager
 Employer/School
 University of Mississippi
 Employer Address
  E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University, MS

 

PERSON 3
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 N/A
 Name:
 Yvonne Boyd
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 business associates
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 6"
 Weight
 120 lbs.
 Hair
 Blonde
 Eyes
 Brown
 Sex
 F
 Hat
  N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 Green
 Shirt
 Green/white striped
 Pants
 N/A
 Skirt/Dress
 Green
 Age
     40
 DOB
 1/3/1973
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 none observed at scene
 Injury Description
 N/A
 Address
 1509 Smallwood Drive, Oxford, MS
 Res Phone 259-XXXX
 Bus Phone 238-XXXX
 Occupation
 Events Manager
 Employer/School
 Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center
 Employer Address
 1720 Belk Blvd., Oxford, MS

 

 REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE(Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 5:48 p.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a woman had collapsed at the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center (YCCC) and Hotel at 1710 Belk Boulevard. The caller identified herself as Yvonne Boyd, events manager of the YCCC. Yoknapatawpha County Fire Department EMTs were dispatched and arrived at the scene at 5:51 p.m., according to YCFD records. Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 225 (Officer Richard Squire) was also dispatched and arrived at the scene at 5:54 p.m.

At 6:02 p.m., R/O contacted Dispatch and requested backup and homicide investigators as a precaution. Unit 304 (Deputy F. Willits) and Unit 213 (Officer M. Arborough) were dispatched to provide backup and arrived at the scene at 6:14 p.m. and 6:07 p.m. respectively.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) Detectives T. Armstrong and S. Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene, arriving at 6:35 p.m. Upon arrival, R/Is found that R/Os had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Rain; Exterior Ambient Temperature 57°F/14°C; Relative Humidity: 100%; Interior Ambient Temperature 71°F/22°C; Interior Relative Humidity: 37%.

R/O Squire made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim.

R/O responded to the location and was met at the entrance to the YCCC by an adult female, who identified herself as Yvonne Boyd (Person 3). Person 3 directed R/O to a location known as The Yocona Room inside the facility. R/O noted there was a large crowd of onlookers present in the room.

R/O Squire further observed that YCFD EMTs B. Harcourt and N. Keller were already on the scene and attending to a woman, later identified as Diane Coates (Person 1), who lay supine on the floor on the west side of the Yocona Room. R/O Squire reported that, at 6:01 p.m., the YCFD EMTs transported Person 1 from the scene to Baptist Memorial Hospital. R/O Squire indicated that Person 1 had no visible external injuries at the time she was removed from the scene.

R/O Squire said that, after Person 1 was removed from the scene, all three of the R/Os began canvassing the witnesses at the scene for information about the incident.

After receiving the report from R/O Squire, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene.

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The Yocona Room of the YCCC was crowded with the conference attendees and employees of the YCCC. R/Os noted the names and addresses of all persons present, and spoke to each person to determine whether any of them saw or heard anything unusual preceding Person 1's collapse. Several witnesses said they had seen and/or heard an argument between Person 1 and her boss, Sandra Moss (Person 2) just prior to Person 1's collapse.

The lack of overt evidence of commission of a crime limited R/Is' inquiries in regard to this incident to basic information gathering at the time of this filing.

Upon receiving notification at 6:46 p.m. of the death of Person 1, R/Is contacted the Coroner's Office and requested a full cause of death investigation including complete autopsy.

R/Is left the location at 9:23 p.m. to notify Person 1's next of kin, Rupert Coates. As of this filing, the body was scheduled to be remanded into the custody of the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner for transport from Baptist Memorial Hospital to the coroner's office for autopsy.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS(What did the defendant say?)

 N/A

 

 REPORTING OFFICER  Sam Murphy  DATE REPORTED  11-22-2013
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Sam Murphy
 Signature
 633
 Unit Number
 11-22-2013
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  //Ted Armstrong
 Signature
 615
 Unit Number
 11-22-2013
 Date

 

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