Friday, May 2, 2014 - 6:36 p.m.

Carla Brogan, Melanie Daniels' best friend

Through interviews with friends and associates of the Daniels family, YCSD investigators learned that Carla Brogan was Melanie Daniels' best friend before her disappearance. As Ms. Brogan currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Detectives Murphy and Armstrong arranged to interview her via online video conference at her residence in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Carla Brogan

Detective Armstrong: For the record, please state your name, age, address and occupation.

Carla Brogan: Carla Brogan. I'm 25 years old. I live at 4221 North Chickasaw Road in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. And I run my own catering business with my fiancé, Terry.

Detective Armstrong: I understand you were unaware that Laurie Daniels had been killed.

Carla Brogan: Not until you told me just now. I'm just devastated. I had no idea.

Detective Murphy: You heard nothing on the radio and saw nothing on TV about this?

Carla Brogan: No, ma'am. I've been so busy starting my business that I haven't paid attention to the outside world. I just can't believe it though.

Detective Armstrong: I take it you no longer keep in contact with the Daniels family.

Carla Brogan: No, sir. I haven't spoken to Mr. or Mrs. Daniels since I left Oxford.

Detective Murphy: When was that?

Carla Brogan: 2007, after I graduated high school. I came down to Starkville to go to school, and I don't guess I ever ran into any of them again until Laurie stopped in several months back. I kept up with them from my mother, who still lives in Oxford, but I don't guess I ever ran into them myself.

Detective Armstrong: What sorts of things did your mother tell you about the Danielses?

Carla Brogan: Let's see. Of course, Laurie had run off before I left town, but I bumped into several friends over the years who told me that she'd been acting all crazy since she left. No one knew exactly what she was doing, other than traveling all over with a bunch of groupies or something. And Mama always mentioned Mr. Daniels' health—when he got better and then got sick again. Just general stuff about running into one of the Daniels family on the Square or something. Just her opinions.

Detective Armstrong: About…?

Carla Brogan: About Mrs. Daniels. Mama never liked her too much. She always thought Mrs. Daniels was prissy and stuck-up. Mama's not as tolerant as I am, I guess.

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