- Yoknapatawpha County Child
- Intake Date: September 22, 1997
- Case No.: M-3381
- Missing Child: Macy L. Lamar
- Case Worker: Janet Greenleigh, M.S.W.
- Type: Statutory, possible criminal disappearance
- Missing child report on September 20, 1997, possible
criminal abduction. 17 year old child missing from
Oxford Mall approximately 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Circumstances: child was shopping with mother, went to
music store alone, failed to meet mother at assigned
place and time. Personal effects including purse with
all contents but wallet and Sound Shop bag with purchased
CD and receipt found in trash container approximately 50
yards from exit in side area.
- Possible abduction, two escaped felons possibly
sighted in theft of vehicle from Mall parking lot at
approximately 5:30 p.m. in same vicinity.
- No witnesses to abduction, disappearance.
- Investigating agency, Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's
Department, contact Detective Terrence Nelson. Alternate
contact, Special Agent Donna Hillman, FBI, Jackson Field
office, Child Abduction Unit.
- CPS Involvement
- CPS statutory mandate to investigate possible family
negligence, involvement, contributory factors, possible
- This investigator met with missing child's father,
Charles Lamar on September 22, 1997, 10:00 am at his
home. Parents separated June 18, 1997 and are in divorce
proceedings. Father is distraught, capable of responding
to questions, no medications. Father reports child is
living with mother. Father reports active involvement in
child's life. Is unaware of any factor to cause her to
be a runaway. No recent arguments. Divorce is amicable
and mutual. Child appears to be handling divorce well.
Father states that he has a good relationship with child.
Last saw child on Friday, September 19. Father is a law enforcement
official and understands the criminal and legal
ramifications. He has received no notes, calls or other
communication concerning his daughter. He reports he
does not believe mother or other local relatives would
- This investigator met with the missing child's
mother, Caroline Blanchard, Monday September 22, 1997 at
1:00 p.m. at her home. Mother is distraught, able to
respond to questions, no medications. Mother reports
that missing child was happy. No recent arguments, no
altercations or disagreements at the Mall. Mother states
that separation and divorce are hard on daughter but she
is coping well. Mother confirms divorce is mutual and
amicable. Last saw child on Saturday, September 20 at
the Mall when they went to different stores. She has
received no communication regarding the missing child, no
notes, calls or contacts. She reports the child's
relationship with biological father is good, father
spends close to daily time with daughter, is involved in
her life and activities. Mother does not believe father
would harm daughter, is not aware of any reason for child
to be a runaway, is in fact adamant that this child would
not be a runaway. Does not know of anyone who would
harm child. Mother reports that she has found no notes,
diary or correspondence from her daughter indicating any
problems. She states child was looking forward to track
- An inspection of the living facilities shows a well
established, clean and positive atmosphere. Child has
her own room. Room is that of a typical teenage girl,
photos, notes and school work are obvious and displayed.
Nothing indicates any signs of neglect or deprivation.
No indication of a criminal neglect or failure to protect
- Interview with Principal Kathleen Millard at
Lafayette High School, Monday, September 22, 1997 3:30
p.m. Principal Millard knows the child and reports her
to be an active, bright student. She knows of no reason
for the child to be unhappy, no recent complaints, no
behavior problems at the school. States this child is a
responsible girl who would be highly unlikely to be
missing of her own volition.
- Interview with Thomas Grayson, Guidance Counselor,
Lafayette High School, Monday, September 22, 1997 at 4:00
p.m. Mr. Grayson reviewed missing child's record with
this investigator. She is a bright student with
excellent grades, maintains honor roll status
consistently, has ambitious goals and plans for college.
He sees nothing in her record to indicate a problem.
Additionally, Mr. Grayson reports no conferences with
this student regarding any problems in school, with
behavior, with teachers or fellow students. Last met
with child September 9th regarding merit scholarship
- Interview with Ms. Clare Brown, homeroom and English
teacher for child, Monday, September 22, 1997 at 4:30
p.m. Ms. Brown reports that child is a happy, well
adjusted child in class, completes assignments promptly,
does very well on tests. She reports child is a very
outgoing, active, well liked child, very responsible.
She has seen no evidence of physical abuse, no bruises,
injuries or unexplained absences. She reports no recent
behavior problems and no signs that this child was
troubled. She spends approximately 10 - 12 hours per
week with this student. She knows of no one with a
grudge against this child, no student who might want to
harm her. Has heard no rumors in the school.
- Interview with Ms. Jane Thompson and Mr. Jack Dugan,
athletic department track coaches, Monday, September 22,
1997 at 5:00 p.m. Both Ms. Thompson and Mr. Dugan
expressed profound shock and concern for the missing
child. Both report her to be a very responsible,
dependable child, an outstanding athlete. The child is
described as an excellent team player, well liked by
other team members, no known animosities among any
players. Both express the definite opinion that this
child is not a likely runaway. Neither has seen any
evidence of abuse, no evidence of behavior problems, no
indications of a troubled youngster in the week leading
to her disappearance (or before). Ms. Thompson has known
the child for three years, Mr. Dugan for approximately
- Interview with Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willard
Lamar, Tuesday, September 23, 1997, 11:00 a.m. at their
home. Mr. and Mrs. Lamar are visibly shaken by the
disappearance of their granddaughter. They have received
no communication from her or regarding her disappearance.
They have no knowledge of any reason for this child to be a runaway
or unhappy. They are unaware of any abuse or neglect
stating the child's parents take excellent care of her.
They last saw the child Sunday, September 14th when she
came for a visit. On that visit the child was reportedly
in good spirits and seemed very happy. They have no
knowledge of any specific person who would want to harm
- Interview with Jeannie Golden, Tuesday, September 23,
1997 1:00 p.m. at her home located on the property owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lamar. Mrs. Golden last saw her
niece on the same date, Sunday, September 14th. She
states the child was happy and spent several hours with
her cousins, Sarah 15 and Scott 18. She is aware of no
problems or troubles with this child. She states that
she is not aware of any abuse or neglect, that the
parents are good parents. She is unaware of any reason
for this child to be a runaway and feels that the family
support structure is such that it would be more likely
her niece would turn to the family for help than to run
away. She states she has a close relationship with her
niece and feels she would know of anything troubling her.
She has no knowledge of anyone that might want to harm the child.
She states that the child has a good relationship with
her cousins and is aware of no problems with them.
- Due to school hours this investigator was unable to
interview the child's cousins, however, Mrs. Golden
stated that she would ask her children again of any
knowledge or rumors they may have heard and will call CPS
and the authorities if she learns anything.
- Summary Conclusion
- From the statutory review conducted by this
investigator, we find no evidence of abuse or criminal
neglect in the home. The child appears to be well
adjusted, highly responsible and an unlikely candidate
for voluntary absence. We find no evidence to suggest
that the parents or family members might be involved in
the disappearance of this child. At this time no further
action recommended per statutory requirements.
- Janet Greenleigh, M.S.W.