From 3:00 p.m. to approximately 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, Deputy Willits and Deputy Watson interviewed employees at High Point Coffee, located at 265 N. Lamar Boulevard.
In an April 21st interview with the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Miller said she was studying at the coffee shop on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Employees were interviewed to determine whether or not Ms. Miller was present at the coffee shop between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. on April 20th.
The witness statements provided below are in summary and not verbatim and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Mr. Costler is one of the shift supervisors on staff at High Point Coffee. He was the acting manager on duty on the evening of April 20, 2017. He said two other employees were working that night, Amanda Gergen and Kendall Jackson, both of whom were currently on shift.
When shown a photograph of Lizzie Miller and asked whether he recognized her, Mr. Costler said she looked familiar and had probably been in the store before, but he doesn't remember having ever interacted with her.
When asked whether he had seen anyone in the store studying on the evening of April 20th, Mr. Costler said it was quite common for students to come in to study, but he doesn't recall seeing anyone in particular on that evening. Mr. Costler added that he had spent most of the evening in the back office, so he didn't see many of the customers who came in that night.