Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 8:32 a.m.

Chris Harvey is a detective with the Biloxi P.D who was interviewed via the phone. The interview was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective C. Harvey

Detective Murphy: Detective, before we get into it, would you please state your name for the record?

Detective Harvey: Certainly. Detective Chris Harvey, Biloxi Police Department.

Detective Armstrong: So what's going on?

Detective Harvey: We had a disturbance last night at the Biloxi Faith Cemetery: drunk kids throwing bottles at the grave markers, setting off homemade so-called fireworks, dumb-ass destructive crap like that. But we came across something y'all might be interested in. They disturbed several graves with some cherry bomb-like‒ well, they called them "fireworks." We're calling them "explosives." Anyway, in one of the disturbed graves, we could see some fabric in the dirt, not very deep. Turned out to be a small blanket wrapped around partial skeletal remains. It's a female, maybe around two or three years old. And the skull is missing.

Detective Armstrong: You've got our attention.

Detective Harvey: Yeah, I thought so. And here's the kicker. The skeleton was buried in the ground above a coffin, and that coffin was still in the grave with the body inside. It was Gracie Lou Brandt's grave.

Detective Armstrong: Oh, man.

Detective Harvey: Yeah.

Detective Murphy: Any idea how long the skeletal remains had been there?

Detective Harvey: Not yet. The coroner's still working on it, but I'd guess a couple years maybe? Maybe longer?

Detective Armstrong: Was any other physical evidence recovered?

Detective Harvey: We're still processing the scene, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I was you.

Detective Murphy: What can you tell us about the blanket?

Detective Harvey: It's blue, polyester. It's got some kind of decoration on it, but it's hard to make out. Looks like it could be wrestlers or something. Does that ring any bells?

Detective Armstrong: Yeah. Yeah, it does.

Detective Harvey: You think it's this kid you've been looking for?

Detective Murphy: I wouldn't be surprised.

Detective Armstrong: Do you know if there were any signs of injuries to the skeleton? Anything that looked ante or perimortem?

Detective Harvey: I didn't see anything, but the coroner can tell you for sure, once they get it cleaned up and x-rayed and that kind of thing.

Detective Murphy: Sure. Well, thanks for letting us know, Chris. We'll get our coroner in touch with yours so they can make it official.

Detective Harvey: Sounds good. I'll give our guys a heads-up that y'all will be getting in touch.

Detective Armstrong: Appreciate it. Let us know if anything else turns up on your end.

Detective Harvey: Will do. Any idea what this is going to do to your investigation?

Detective Murphy: Well, more than likely, it's either going to wrap it up or put us back at square one.

Detective Harvey: Yeah, sounds about right. Listen, y'all take care, and I'll be in touch if we get anything more.

Detective Armstrong: Thanks again for the call, Chris. We'll let you know how it plays out.

Interview ends: 8:39 a.m.

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Now we are getting somewhere
the detectives found blue polyester blanket with wrestling designs in Rj room
we need to find out if the fabric

 

my guess is there is only one gracie; she died of an accident that happened when the Ox was harassing the brandts, probably due to some drunk nonsense from ronny. family tries to cover it up as a sickness, brought and buried her here after...

my guess is there is only one gracie; she died of an accident that happened when the Ox was harassing the brandts, probably due to some drunk nonsense from ronny. family tries to cover it up as a sickness, brought and buried her here after katrina. meanwhile, the debt remains unpaid.

someone, probably the ox *somehow* or RJ himself, dug up the skull and placed it in the brandts backyard. either way, ronny then pays tristan to "exhume" the grave only to find the skull and body missing.

that's what i can piece together.

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1. if there are two skeletons in this grave, who is skelelon nr 2?
2. two witnesses (Pastor Olson and Rhea Hall) claim to have known a Gracie after Katrina. Pastor Olson knows of two Gracies.
3. Why should RJ or Ox have an interest in placing a...

1. if there are two skeletons in this grave, who is skelelon nr 2?
2. two witnesses (Pastor Olson and Rhea Hall) claim to have known a Gracie after Katrina. Pastor Olson knows of two Gracies.
3. Why should RJ or Ox have an interest in placing a skull in the back yard?
4. Why should Ox even know about this whole affair to use it for his purposes? How would this threaten the Brandts if it was much easier to theaten the life of RJ or Heather for example? It is way too elaborate for a threat, I think.
5. Why would Ronny then pay Tristan to exhume the grave (he was seen digging up Faulkners grave by the way)? And obviously the body isnt missing, only the skull and some of the bones.

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my thoughts were as so;

1. skeleton #2 is just some random guy.

2. i thought the pastor and rhea was mistaken, since i thought none of them were able to give detailed descriptions of the 2nd gracie. (i only read the interviews 2x)

3. Ox would...

my thoughts were as so;

1. skeleton #2 is just some random guy.

2. i thought the pastor and rhea was mistaken, since i thought none of them were able to give detailed descriptions of the 2nd gracie. (i only read the interviews 2x)

3. Ox would have an interest in placing a skull in the backyard to remind the brandts that he knew what happened to Gracie and would go public with the truth if the debt wasn't paid.

RJ would have an interest simply for memories sake.

4. i thought the Ox digging up was a little far-fetched without more evidence, which is why i put *somehow*.

5. to find out if the skull/body was indeed missing and Ox was not kidding about going public with it.

after the truth was announced, i guess my hypothesis was quite off =)

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. I can understand your statements a bit better now.

 
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