Crime Scene Evidence Files

Solving murders in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi since 1995. Examine the evidence and solve the case.

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Who is Melanie Daniels?

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Melanie Daniels

Melanie Daniels biography
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Investigation Day 8 — Melanie Daniels, Laurie's younger sister, abruptly left town in 2006. So far, no one has admitted having any contact with her since then.

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Interviewing Carla Brogan

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Carla Brogan

Carla Brogan interview

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Investigation Day 7 — Detectives Armstrong and Murphy were able to find Melanie Daniels' former best friend, Carla Brogan, at her home in Hattiesburg.

They talked to her about Melanie and Laurie and their life growing up together. They also asked Carla about the last time she saw each of the Daniels sisters.

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Talking to the Daniels family friends and associates

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Daniels family friends & associates

Canvass - Daniels family associates

Investigation Day 7 — YCSD investigators took note of who attended Laurie Daniels' funeral, and after the services were over, interviewed some of them to learn more about the family.

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Burying Laurie Daniels

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Daniels burial draws emotional crowd

Daniels burial draws emotional crowd

Investigation Day 7 — The Oxford Weekly Planet's Crime Beat column reports on Laurie Daniels' funeral.

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Reviewing preliminary forensics results

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Preliminary evidence analysis

Body parts evidence analysis

Taylor, MS evidence analysis

Investigation Day 6 — The crime lab performed a rush analysis of the severed body parts and of the evidence collected from the vandalism and bucket scenes. They sent reports on their preliminary findings. Additional analyses are ongoing.

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