Alibi check – Gayle
YCSD investigators talked to employees at Voight Brothers Heating and Cooling, Vincent Gayle's workplace, about Gayle's whereabouts for the time Daniel Collier was last seen.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all the interviews conducted.
Age 37, HVAC mechanic
Dexter Reed, like Vincent Gayle, is a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic who works for Voight Brothers Heating and Cooling in Oxford. Dexter has worked for Voight's for the last twelve years, mainly as a service technician, repairing and installing cooling units, working on ventilation systems, and doing related basic plumbing work for people in and around Yokanapatawpha County.
Dexter said that usually, only one man goes out on a service call, but he and Vincent had been on many calls together when the situation required it, like a large installation or a repair job that they could see was going to take extra hands.
Dexter remembered the first week in January to be a pretty slow week. There were calls but no big ones that jump out in his memory. To the best of Dexter's recollection, he said Vincent seemed normal that week, and he was busy around the shop as he always is.
If anything, Vincent seemed to be determined to drown himself in work. Dexter noted that he wasn't cracking jokes much that week. Dexter didn't think much of it since slow weeks are often good times to get some extra things done around the shop.
Dexter could not remember whether he went on any calls with Vincent that first week and said that Reggie Spear, the manager, would be able to check the schedule to be sure.