Dillon recalled a similar and horrifying feeling when realizing the caller was the college Dean. He said that when told about the murder, he immediately blamed himself, since it was his idea for Jeremy to go to an out-of-state college. He said that allowing Jeremy to go to college was the hardest to forgive himself for.
Both parents immediately drove to the deserted campus. They recalled not seeing anyone in sight. It was obvious to them that, Jeremy’s murder was no ordinary crime. Dillon compared the campus to a graveyard. “The entire campus looked dead,” he said.
Police dogs were everywhere, sniffing around and inside each building. Officers checked trashcans. All the license plate numbers from every vehicle on the campus parking lot was written down and put into a data base for later use if needed.
Once the couple checked in to a nearby hotel, they were asked to accompany Detective Marker to the police station for questioning. Once there, they were separated and asked to provide a written statement concerning their whereabouts for the time line of Jeremy’s attack.
Sandy recalled being angry that the detectives’ suggested her and Dillon killed their own son. She said she felt like slapping the detective. Both were asked separately if they knew of anyone who wanted Jeremy dead.
They said “no.” Both claimed as far as they knew, Jeremy had no enemies and no romantic relationships that had soured recently.