Canvass – Gayle neighbors
On March 6, 2021, YCSD Investigators conducted a canvass of Vincent Gayle's small Alesville neighborhood seeking information on the potentially-missing 20-year-old Daniel Collier.
The neighbors were asked about the last time they saw Daniel and any recent interactions they may have had with his guardian, Vincent Gayle, and/or Mr. Gayle's girlfriend, Sharon Hathaway.
The interviews are presented in summary and not verbatim and are representative of all interviews conducted.
1 CR 169
Hunter and Grace Tatum, both age 33
1 County Road 169
The Tatums are Vincent Gayle's next-door neighbors to the south. They have lived at their current address for the last ten years.
They describe Vincent Gayle as a laid-back-sort-a-guy who would say ‘hi' to you if you were out for a walk but not much more. The Tatums reported that most of the time, they see Vincent mowing the lawn or cleaning up his yard or burning up garden refuse in the burn barrel behind his home—things the Tatums described as "typical homeowner stuff."
The Tatums knew Sharon Hathaway as well but said she was less likely to be outside doing yard chores.
Grace Tatum crosses paths with her mainly while each is on their morning jogs. Grace characterized Sharon as almost too friendly. Sharon often talks about herself throughout the run, so much so that Grace sometimes cuts her jog short just to get a break from her. The Tatums feel that Sharon would rather be living in Oxford proper than Alesville.
Hunter Tatum described Daniel Collier as a loner, saying that he rarely saw Daniel with more than one or two people at a time. Hunter reported seeing Daniel most often in Vincent's open garage, painting or working on cars, especially during the summer months.
The Tatums said they had never witnessed any time, at least in their perception, where there was obvious discord in the Gayle household.
The Tatums reported that they had not seen Daniel around since New Year's Eve weekend. Grace Tatum did say she remembered that cars were coming and going at the Gayle residence during the weekend, but she doesn't remember which cars she saw.
She also remembered seeing Vincent out in his backyard at his burn barrel on the afternoon of January 4 when she let out her dog. She said the only reason it struck her as unusual is that she thought Vincent would normally be at work at that hour, but she just figured he had taken an extended break from work for New Year's.