Law Enforcement officials searched the woods and found no one.
Greenville Hospital System's Children's Hospital: 11:42 Devon Green pronounced dead by Greenville County Deputy Coroner Karie Cain.
Autopsy: The following Monday the autopsy found that Devon Epps "DIED OF ASPHYXIA DUE TO NECK COMPRESSION.
QUESTION: Why would the attacker, who had a knife, use a pillow to "smother" the child (according to the mother)?
Devon's Father: Chad Epps was in jail on the night of his son's murder and from people who know/knew Chad, from all accounts, even though he had his problems, he loved Devon. He'd apparently been there in the jail for approximately 7 days before the night in question on a complaint by Amanda Reagan Smith for non-support. An officer had to break to him the bleak news about Devon's murder. Public Record
Reassuring the public: Although Law Enforcement are investigating tips, after the intial release of the sketch, there has been no further widespread search for the suspect shown in the sketch, nor has there been the usual televised appeals for the public's help in finding the person in the sketch. Further, LE has reassured schools and the public in the area that there is no reason to be concerned about their safety or a knife wielding bushy haired stranger.
Questions: Why not? Does this mean they KNOW who the perpetrator is? Could it perhaps be not a stranger who did this, but someone close to Devon? A family member? The mother?
In the media, we've all heard where the parent or parents are immediately on television appealing for help in finding the murderer of their loved one when tragedies such as this occur. There have been no public or televised appeals by Amanda Reagan Smith for help in finding the killer of her son Devon.
At one public vigil at the site (according to locals), the mother did not show up. Although a friend of hers stated that Amanda and her parents didn't know about the vigil, it seems unlikely that they were not informed by people close to them who did attend. The mother held a vigil, not at the site, but behind the McDonald's close by.
A local who knows the families was asked (online) whether Amanda Reagan Smith knew of the online forums and of posters regard for Devon, and their speculation that there was no bushy haired stranger, that it was the mother? The person responded "I have talked to her about this very thing and she told me she thinks it is funny as hell. "
Question: Why no public appeals for help to the killer of her son by Amanda? Why does she think posters speculation funny?
MYSPACE PAGE: Amanda is reported to have become a party animal in the last two years and had developed a MySpace website. The day after Devon's death it was noticed by posters that its content of personal photos of Amanda, photos of a bucket full of booze and fruit, and a list of drinks Amanda liked to drink had been changed to a memorial site for Devon on August 14th, the day after Devon died. It was changed back to a personal page rather quickly and then removed. Another page popped up and was as quickly deleted.
Cached page (with the memorial commentary.)
Comments from her friends online have implied that ARS has found "new" friends to hang out with, since many of them have had no contact with or from ARS since shortly after Devon's death and the investigation began. Locals report ARS as working at a business called Zaxby's (fast food) and is no longer a nursing student.
In amongst the photos on the original site there were notations "I regularly use 100 watt light bulbs." "I fear.. tomorrow." "I've never been to jail and I don't intend to."
Question: Why put such statements on the website? Was this in response to the fire investigation being reopened? Or the investigation?