Investigators tried to find witnesses who could verify Rick Gill's whereabouts the night of the murders

On February 24 and 25, 2016, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department conducted canvasses at the University Arbors Apartments (805 College Hill Road) and the Pizza Den restaurant (1304 University Avenue), looking for potential witnesses who might have seen Rick Gill the night of February 19, 2016.

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


Stewart Hancock
504 Brittany Drive

Mr. Hancock, 24, worked the evening shift at Pizza Den on Friday, February 19th, starting at 5:00 p.m.

He recalled the restaurant was busy between 5:00 and 7:00, but remembered a little man with four rambunctious children. He took special note because people were in a hurry to order their pizzas and get home, and this man and his kids were holding up the line because they couldn't agree on the kind of pizza they wanted.

The man and his kids ate in the restaurant instead of taking out. The kids were noisy and "sort of out of control," according to Hancock.

Hancock didn't notice what time the man and children left, but noticed they weren't there by around 8:00 or 8:30 when business slowed.

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