The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department conducted a canvass of the Coles Point neighborhood surrounding Bobby Wannamaker's residence at 1313 Coles Point Road where Forrest Burgess lived March 15-31, 2014.

Investigators were looking for anyone who might have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary on the night of March 29 or the morning of March 30, 2014.

The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Willie & Doreen Carlisle
owners, Willie's Fuel & Bait
100 Coles Point Landing, Coles Point, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle said their store is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. They said they closed at the usual time on Saturday, March 29, 2014 and opened at the usual time on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Mr. Carlisle, 61, who opened the store on the 30th, said there were no signs of disturbance or anything out of place when he arrived, including the pay phone outside the store, which occasionally is the object of minor vandalism.

Mrs. Carlisle, 57, suggested that investigators speak to Simon DeVille, a local frog gigger who sometimes stops by the store in the middle of the night to pick up a bag of ice.

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  1. Alac

Could the 'banging and crashing noise' (presumably from the garbage cans being knocked over) been from Laurie, as she apparently could no longer see?

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  1. lgillette

I think this is a 'red herring alert'. Could be wrong but...
Or was it just a raccoon? I have the feeling that Laurie didn't 'stumble' out of the house - she was taken. But by who?
(Welcome, Alac! Always can use fresh eyes!)

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