Squinting man with reddish-brown hair and mustache

Emmett Sanford bio

Emmett Sanford was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 30, 1987. He is the second youngest of four children, with two older sisters and a younger brother. Emmett's father worked as a car salesman, and his mother worked as a bank teller, providing their family a modest yet comfortable living.

Emmett demonstrated an aptitude for football at a young age, often playing on weekends with his father and brother. During his first year at Cass Technical High School, Emmett made the football team as the youngest quarterback the team had seen in years.

In Emmett's junior year, his team reached the Championship Game of the Division 1 Michigan State Tournament. Although they lost by a narrow margin, Emmett received a call the following day from a recruiter for the Ole Miss football team. Thrilled with the prospect of continuing his football career, he accepted the recruiter's offer of a four-year football scholarship and enrolled at Ole Miss.

Two years later, Emmett proved to be a solid running back for the Rebels. In the summer of 2008, he began dating Deirdre Littleton, a waitress at a local restaurant. It would be the beginning of the end of his NFL dreams. Six months into their relationship, Deirdre became pregnant.

Feeling responsible and more than a little panicked, Emmett dropped out of college and married Deirdre. He started working graveyard shifts at gas stations to support his family. His son, Liam, was born in 2009.

The Sanfords suffered financial hardship for several years and were barely able to scrape by a living. Yet in 2012, their conditions improved dramatically when Emmett's father-in-law promoted him to manager of Littleton Plumbing.

Emmett's good fortune lasted ten years until he fell prey to temptation and had an affair with Justine Osborne, an old flame from college. Wracked with guilt, he sought consolation from his church pastor.

On the pastor's advice, Emmett reluctantly confided in Deirdre about his affair. They went through every motion to try to save their marriage, including counseling from Pastor Martinson, yet Deirdre still filed for divorce in 2023.

In the drawn-out proceedings that followed, Emmett lost everything—the house, the car, and custody of Liam. On top of all that, his former father-in-law fired him, and he struggled with unemployment for many months before finding a part-time cashier position at a grocery store.


Latent Fingerprint Kit

 $ 44.00

A real print kit, fully stocked with instructions and enough supplies for at least 50 different print lifts.

ForensiKit Subscription Box


$ 44- 54

Explores a different crime scene processing technique each month.

Forensic Science Kit, Missy Hammond Murder

$ 75.00 $ 50.00

Examine the evidence to solve a murder. Dust evidence for prints & test fabric for the presence of blood.

Shop Now



Crime Scene
3602 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Voice (623) 565-8573
Fax (602)-274-7280

For Crime Scene Store inquiries: store@crimescene.com

For technical assistance: support@crimescene.com

Get Weekly Updates

Get weekly updates on the investigation.

Please enable the javascript to submit this form