On October 30, 2020, YCSD investigators spoke to residents in Frederick Miller's neighborhood to find out if they observed any suspicious activity in the neighborhood recently.
The neighbors were asked about their relationship with the Miller family and any recent interactions they may have had with any of the Miller family members.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
David J. Porter
Next door to the west of the Miller residence
Mr. Porter said that he doesn't know the Miller family very well. He was home around 5:00 pm on Thursday and said he didn't see or hear anything unusual that day.
However, Mr. Porter noted that for about a week in late September, there was a white pickup truck parked on Avent Street, directly in front of his house. He thought this was strange because it didn't appear to belong to anyone in the neighborhood, and it didn't move at all during that time. On the 5th or 6th consecutive night, Mr. Porter considered calling it in to have it towed, believing it may have been abandoned. But the next morning, the vehicle had been moved, and he hasn't seen it since.
Northwest across the street from the Miller residence
Mrs. Clark said that she is somewhat new to the neighborhood and hasn't met all of the neighbors. However, she has met Mrs. Miller and talked with her on a couple of occasions. Mrs. Clark is aware that Mrs. Miller lives with her husband and children based on conversations they have had, but has never met anyone else in the Miller family and doesn't know anything about them.
Around 11:00 a.m. on October 29th, Mrs. Clark and her husband, Dennis, left for a long weekend visit with family in Memphis. She doesn't recall seeing anything out of the ordinary that morning.
However, Mrs. Clark noted that she had seen two teenagers—a male and a female—hanging around the neighborhood on two separate occasions over the last month. Both times it was after dark, probably around 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. She said she did not recognize either of them, nor did she see them leaving or entering any particular house.
Mrs. Clark described the girl as a Caucasian female between the ages of 15-16 years old and of average height and weight. She had brown hair that, on both occasions, was pulled back into a ponytail. The girl's clothing didn't stand out in any memorable way.
The boy also appeared to be a Caucasian teenager, perhaps between the ages of 16 and 18. He was taller than average and slim. He was wearing a dark jacket with an unidentified logo or text on it. He also wore a hat of some kind.
Both times that Mrs. Clark saw the teens, they were near the intersection of Sisk Avenue and Avent Street. The first time she saw them, about 4-6 weeks ago, she noticed the girl hurrying down Sisk Avenue heading towards Avent Street, where the boy appeared to be waiting for her. A couple of weeks later, she saw them holding hands and strolling down the sidewalk on Avent Street, heading towards the same intersection.
North across the street from the Miller residence
Mrs. Schwartz said that she was home all day on Thursday, October 29th, and observed the Miller family going about their regular routine. She remembered seeing Lizzie arriving home from school at about 3:45 p.m. because she had gone out to check her mail at the same time.
Mrs. Schwartz said she had observed some unusual behavior in the recent past.
One evening, about two or three weeks ago, Mrs. Schwartz was taking her evening walk when she stopped to talk to Mrs. Miller and her daughter as they were about to leave. When Mrs. Miller asked where they were headed, Mrs. Miller said they were going to a yoga class, and Lizzie said they were going to get coffee.
Mrs. Miller quickly tried to explain, but Mrs. Schwartz thought she was hiding something.
The most recent incident occurred about two weeks ago, according to Mrs. Schwartz. She saw Mrs. Miller and Lizzie drive away from the family home around 5:00 p.m. At about 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Schwartz left her home to go to the grocery store. On her way there, she saw Mrs. Miller's vehicle parked a few blocks away. She said Mrs. Miller was sitting alone in the car reading a book, but she appeared to be okay.
Northeast across the street from the Miller residence
Mr. Hayes said he wasn't home until around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday because he was working late. He said that nothing unusual has occurred in the neighborhood recently.
The last time he remembers seeing anyone in the Miller family was on Saturday morning, October 24th, when he was out jogging. He passed by the Miller home and saw Frederick doing some yard work, but he doesn't remember anything unusual about the encounter.
Next door to the east of the Miller residence
Ms. Williams said that the last time she saw Mr. Miller was early Thursday evening, October 29th, as she was arriving home from work, shortly after 5:30 p.m. He was pulling out of his driveway and presumably going to choir practice at the church where Ms. Williams is also a member.
Ms. Williams said that she had observed some unusual behavior over the last couple of months. A few weeks ago, she saw Mrs. Miller arriving home one evening around 7:30 p.m. with her daughter, Lizzie.
Just before they reached the front door, Mrs. Miller started and rushed back to the car while Lizzie waited for her. Mrs. Miller hurriedly grabbed something from the trunk of the car before rushing back to enter the house with Lizzie. Ms. Williams couldn't tell what the object was, but it was about the size of a pillow or rolled-up yoga mat.
Ms. Williams remarked that she thought nothing of this incident until she began to notice other unusual behavior. For example, on Thursday evenings, she has seen Mrs. Miller's car coming and going at irregular intervals.
Last Thursday, while sitting out on her front porch, Ms. Williams saw Mrs. Miller and her daughter leave just a few minutes after Mr. Miller had left. About 20 minutes later, she saw Mrs. Miller return by herself, go inside the house for just a few moments, and then drive off again. Ms. Williams didn't notice if Mrs. Miller was carrying anything on that occasion.
Ms. Williams added that another neighbor, Tianna Schwartz at 245 Sisk Avenue, had mentioned that she had also noticed this kind of behavior from Mrs. Miller in recent weeks.