Canvass – Beauchamp neighbors
YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 002547-21E-2023
Case Description: Devlin Beauchamp homicide investigation
On Sunday afternoon, YCSD investigators canvassed Devlin Beauchamp's neighbors to determine who may have seen or heard anything unusual on the night of May 20, 2023, or the early morning hours of May 21, 2023.
The following interview descriptions, provided in summary and not verbatim, are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
across-the-street neighbor, southwest
Ms. Gower said she did not notice any unusual activity on the night of May 20, 2023. However, she did notice on May 21, 2023, that Mr. Beauchamp did not take his usual early morning run at approximately 6:00 a.m., which she frequently joined him in. She knocked on his door at approximately 6:20 a.m. to see if he was running late, but there was no answer.
She said his car was parked in his drive, so she was sure he was home at that time. She also noticed the morning paper was still on the porch and had not been taken in. When Mr. Beauchamp did not answer his door, she assumed he had company and decided she should not bother him any further.
Ms. Gower did not recall seeing a vehicle parked in front of her house on the night of the 20th but said she got home at approximately 7:00 p.m. and retired to her sofa, where she watched Netflix until well after midnight, never looking out the window or going outside again until morning.
next-door neighbor, north
Mr. Jackson reported he had borrowed some sports equipment from Mr. Beauchamp for the day. Specifically, he had borrowed a baseball bat, two baseball mitts, and two baseballs.
He returned the equipment at approximately 10:15 p.m. He said Mr. Beauchamp opened the door only enough to accept the equipment bag from Mr. Jackson and seemed concerned that Mr. Jackson would see inside the house. Mr. Jackson believed Mr. Beauchamp had a guest and reported he thought he heard a woman laugh.
Mr. Jackson said he had no recollection of seeing any unfamiliar vehicles in the neighborhood on May 20, 2023.
across-the-street neighbor, west
Mr. Newton noticed a dark-colored foreign sedan, probably made by a Japanese auto manufacturer, parked in front of Ms. Gower's residence on the night of May 20, 2023.
Mr. Newton said he did not recognize the vehicle as belonging to any of his neighbors and assumed Ms. Gower had had a visitor. He first noticed the sedan at approximately 10 p.m. At approximately midnight, he noticed that the car was gone.
When asked if he wrote down the license number or any other distinguishing characteristics of the car, Mr. Newton said he didn't think it was threatening, just that he didn't recognize it. When he saw it parked in front of his neighbor's house, he assumed she had company and left it at that.
next-door neighbor, south
Mrs. Oxbow is a widow and lives alone. She said she is given to bouts of insomnia and is often awake during the early morning hours. She is also a participant in the Neighborhood Watch program in this area and so is accustomed to keeping an eye on things.
She reported seeing Devlin Beauchamp arrive home at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023. He pulled his car into his driveway and went directly into his house.
Approximately ten minutes later, Mrs. Oxbow saw a young woman come to Mr. Beauchamp's door and knock. Mr. Beauchamp let the young woman in. Mrs. Oxbow said that, within a few moments, Mr. Beauchamp and the young woman were arguing about something. Mrs. Oxbow could not hear what they were arguing about but said their voices were raised, and the young woman might have been crying.
Approximately twenty minutes after her arrival, the young woman exited Mr. Beauchamp's residence and appeared upset. When asked to describe the young woman, Mrs. Oxbow said she did not get a good look at her since it was dark, and the young woman never turned in her direction. She believed her to be young because she seemed to be trim, walked with good posture, and moved like a young person does.
Mrs. Oxbow believed she saw the woman get into a small, dark-colored, foreign sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota. She got a partial license number: I47. Mrs. Oxbow also believes there was some damage to the rear right fender but did not get a close look at it. She also observed an unusual bumper sticker that appeared to have a picture of a multi-colored hot air balloon with what she believed to be a foreign word starting with the letter "p."
On May 21, 2023, Mrs.Oxbow saw Carl Dixon arrive at approximately 11:00 a.m. Mrs. Oxbow said she recognized Mr. Dixon because he had been to Mr. Beauchamp's residence numerous times in the past, and Mrs. Oxbow has met and talked with him on several occasions.
Shortly after Mr. Dixon let himself into Mr. Beauchamp's residence, Mrs. Oxbow said she was taking the trash out her back door when she saw Mr. Dixon come out the back kitchen door, where he appeared to vomit in the bushes and then go back inside. She said sheriff's deputies arrived at Mr. Beauchamp's residence a few minutes later.
across-the-street neighbor, northwest
Mr. Shaw is a musician and was returning home from a job at approximately 3:00 a.m. on May 21, 2023. He noticed that Mr. Beauchamp's upstairs light was on. Mr. Shaw said this was unusual since he knew Mr. Beauchamp to be an early riser due to his business.
Mr. Shaw saw no other unusual activity at the house or in the neighborhood.