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

Date Reported:
 Time Reported:
  7:20 PM
 Reporting Officer:
  Det. Sam Murphy
 Unit Number:
 Assisting Officer:
  Det. Ted Armstrong
 Unit Number:


  K-9 search of Eastgate Shopping Center
  10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
 1917 University Avenue, Oxford, MS
 Clear, 28° F / -2° C at 10:00 AM, 37° F / 3° C at 5:30 PM


 ACTION DESCRIPTION (Brief narrative of the investigative action taken.)

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) contacted the Mississippi Crime Lab and requested a forensic K-9 unit to conduct a systematic grid search of the Eastgate Shopping Center grounds for possible forensic evidence recovery in the missing persons case of Cameron Maxwell and Caitlin Maxwell, who were last seen at that location on January 3, 2014. The first available date for the K-9 unit was January 8, 2014.

R/Is and other YCSD personnel conducted a visual search of the area was on January 6 with no significant findings.

In the period from January 3, 2014 through January 8, 2014, the weather station at the University of Mississippi reports a total of .13 inches of rain for Oxford. It is unknown whether any forensic evidence was lost as a result, but K-9 unit team leader, William Carter indicated that there have been cases of finding residual scent months after a crime has occurred.

R/Is arrived on the scene at 10:00 a.m. and were met by William Carter and James Olton of the Forensic K-9 Unit as well as Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas. William Carter served as scene coordinator and team leader. See attached K-9 Unit Report.

An area measuring 352 yards by 352 yards was mapped out and divided into a grid of 16 squares to be searched. The boundaries being University Avenue to the north, the chain link fence along the access road to Highway 7 to the east, McLarty Road to the west and 352 yards from University Avenue to the south. See attached area map.

In addition to a forensic scent search for blood and residual human scent, scent samples were provided for Cameron Maxwell, Caitlin Maxwell and Austin Maxwell. The K-9 Unit Report (attached) provides a description of the search methods.


 INITIAL FINDINGS (Preliminary results of the investigative action)

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Strong blood evidence was found in and around the area located behind the Dixie Creek BBQ. A large number of crates and pallets are stacked in the area. Measurements were made from the northeast and southeast corners of the east face of the shopping center building. The location of the strongest blood evidence was found 134 yards from the northeast corner, 46.4 yards from the southeast corner.

Officer Douglas processed the scene and found that several crates had been moved and stacked on top of a pallet and crate stained with what appeared to be a large quantity of dried blood. This finding is consistent with the alerts from the K-9 unit on blood scent, which are noted on the attached scene map as Alerts 1 and 2. Officer Douglas took the crate and pallet into evidence along with soil samples collected under and around the pallet and crate.

Dixie Creek BBQ employees indicated that no one from that establishment had moved or stacked additional crates in that area since on or about December 30, 2013, following a large delivery. Crates to the southwest corner of the storage area were stacked following a December 27, 2013, delivery.

A canvass of the businesses in the shopping center indicates that none of the businesses use either those crates or that storage/stacking area. No witnesses were identified who saw anyone in the area of the crates during the period of January 3 - 8, 2014. According to employees in the area, the location is out of the way of deliveries and is not frequented by anyone other than Dixie Creek BBQ employees when stacking crates and pallets from deliveries.

The K-9 unit uncovered additional scent evidence at location Alert 3 on the attached scene map. The Alert 3 flag is 50.8 yards from the southeast corner of the building and 55.8 yards from the location of Alert flags 1 and 2. The K-9 alerts for location 3 were faint, indicating trace evidence of both blood and residual scent that appeared positive for matches with Cameron Maxwell and Caitlin Maxwell. See K-9 report.

No other evidence was located within the grid. The search was completed and all officers left the scene at 5:30 p.m. All evidence remanded into the custody of Officer Douglas for transport to the State Crime Lab for routine analysis.


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  • 3


  • my 1st theory:alert 1 and alert 2 found Being it's a BBQ store it might be a considerable and logical thing to have blood traces around As if from the meat or disposal traces, the crates and pallets can be a meat disposal Containers from the bbq store and the meat blood leaked and dripped out of it also it could be a remains and Residues from the Supplyment crates and pallets , that supply was a lot of meat for the bbq store it's reasonable to think that some of the meat / supplyment blood leak or drip out of the crates and pallets that is how some of the crates had a blood stains on them same lth the ground beneath the crates and pallets. it's unlikely that the attacker will assault caitlin and cameron in a public location were he is visible and to be courageous enough to inflicts caitlin and cameron with a knife or any sort of assault which is leading them to bleed and also to scream and reach for help and attention . location 3 is more probable as it settles with the dark car escape route.

    it's all here Detectives' K-9 search report quotes:

  • We also know that the dark car had only 2 seats 1 for the driver and 1 for the passenger near the driver , so we cant have more then 2 attackers! we either have one attacker or two! maybe caitlin was at the back of the car covered with blankets while cameron seated in front near the driver but would the attacker take that risk and chance to let cameron be so close to him in the passenger seat? did the attacker threat cameron with a gun or a knife while driving? told him not to move!?or is it possible that cameron was with caitlin at the back of the car covered with blankets? after losing conscious.‎

  • detailed and helpful

  • This article or whatever you shall call it, seemed to give off a lot of information. I do indeed believe it is amazing. And as for you Shuli P. Ackmun, you seem to have very good analysis skills. Are you an actual detective? Sorry for being off track of the information, but you have helped simplify it for me, and for that I thank you.

  • There was a lot of blood found, crates were moved and stacked on top of a pallet, and was taken into evidence. This blood could be or could not have come from Cameron or Caitlin. But, the employees from Dixie Creek BBQ said that they did not stack additional crates in that area since about December 30, 2013. My question is, where did the extra crates come from? Did it come from one of the other businesses?

  • exactly what i was thinking

  • Has there been a search run on a two door, dark colored hatchback? I mean, it wouldn't hurt right? That could give even a slight lead on suspects at this point, but at the same time, one of the people travelling on the bus that morning said they saw a car, one said they did not. So at this point, the car lead may not be a reliable avenue. Just have to wait it out and read some more of these interviews...

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