Transcript-Interrogation of Sharon Bates
Interrogating Officer: Sgt. Adam Dalton
Location: 1113 Fairview Rd., Clear Water [123 mi from Haven Park]-Home of Emily Burns (Mother of Sharon Bates)
Dalton: Have you spoken to or heard from your husband in the last four days?
Bates: No, no I haven't. Lord, do you know where he is?
Dalton: At this time, he is still listed as a missing person.
Bates: I just keep hoping that I'll hear from him. Every time the phone rings, I run to it and ask if it's Vince. I don't even say hello. I screamed at a telemarketer yesterday. I just lost it. I was so angry it wasn't him.
Dalton: Do you have any idea where he may have gone?
Bates: Not for this long, no. Is it true, what the officers said on the phone? Did you really find all that blood?
Dalton: I'm afraid so, yes.
Bates: Oh my god. He's gone. He's really gone, isn't he?
Dalton: Ms. Bates, people don't just disappear. We'll find your husband.
Dalton: I don't want to promise anything, but we're doing our best. Did Vincent seem different in any way in the days leading up to his disappearance?
Bates: Yes, yes, at first, he was so angry. He was just furious. I asked him if anything was wrong, but he'd just say no and storm out of the room.
Dalton: And when did this behavior start?
Bates: After you came and talked to him. What did you talk about?
Dalton: The first time Detective Renfield and I came to see him?
Bates: Yes, the first time. What did you talk about?
Dalton: Your husband didn't tell you?
Bates: No, what was it?
Dalton: You didn't hear?
Bates: I wasn't listening.
Dalton: You heard him swear, I remember.
Bates: Selective hearing, I guess. Vince used to be so foul-mouthed. When Danny was born, I instituted the swear jar because I didn't want him to hear that kind of language. Ever since then, if someone drops an f-bomb in my house, I can hear it.
Dalton: So you have no idea what your husband and I talked about when I was there?
Bates: No. I remember he sounded angry at you when you came the second time. I remember him shouting.
Dalton: I don't think he was angry at me, Ms. Bates. I think he was angry at [PAUSE] something else.
Bates: What did you two talk about?
Dalton: Does the name Dallas Gaines mean anything to you?
Dalton: How about Cullen Krast?
Dalton: Jack Sitersin?
Bates: No. Who are these people?
Dalton: How long have you been married to your husband, Ms. Bates?
Bates: Just over four years. Why?
Dalton: I see. And at any point in your marriage has your husband had to leave for a period of, oh, let's say, three and a half months?
Bates: Yes, how did you know that?
Dalton: And where is it that he went?
Bates: Vince is a contractor. He signed some government contract to build bathrooms in some building, a school I think, over in Iraq as part of a rebuilding effort.
Dalton: Did he have to leave suddenly?
Bates: As a matter of fact, he did. He said it might be coming about a week or two beforehand, and sent Danny and me here, to my mother's while he went overseas.
Dalton: He didn't call when he was in, uhh, Iraq, did he?
Bates: No, he said there was no phone service.
Dalton: I see. Does the name Lucy Ludarac mean anything to you?
Bates: No, why?
Dalton: Do you read or watch the news, Ms. Bates?
Bates: No, never. It's too depressing, and I knew that if I started watching while Vince was in Iraq, I'd only worry my hair out. I guess I got into a habit of being uninformed. What did you and my husband talk about when you came here?
Dalton: I wouldn't worry myself with that, Ms. Bates. You said Vincent was angry at first. Did his mood change as the date of his disappearance came closer?
Bates: Yes. He went from angry to, I don't know, it's hard to describe. He went from angry to calm.
Bates: Yes, but too calm, like he had lost all of his emotions [PAUSE] more resigned.
Dalton: I knew you would be here because of an e-mail Vincent sent prior to the disappearance. He mentioned that this is where we would find you. Did he give you a reason for your coming up here?
Bates: No, not really. It was so odd. At first, he said Danny and I should take a vacation, just the two of us, up to my mother's. I said that was fine and he should come too, but he said he didn't want to. I asked why just the two of us should go, and he just said that we should. Well, I kept saying no, but he got more and more adamant about it. He just kept asking and asking. It started to sound like a demand and then a desperate plea. I kept asking why we should go, but he never did tell me. Eventually, I just got sick of arguing, and Danny hadn't seen his grandmother in a while, so I just went. Two days later, the police called to tell me what they had found in my house and to ask if Vince was here with me.
Dalton: Did he give you any idea of how long you should stay here?
Bates: He just said he'd call when we should come back. Now, we may just stay here.
Dalton: Well, that's all of my questions, Ms. Bates. Thank you for this information. I'll make sure to let you know the moment we find anything.
Bates: Thank you, Officer.
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