Macon police believe that Lauren Giddings is seen on the night of her disappearance on surveillance video at 6:30 p.m. at a restaurant drive-through window and they believe she sent an email from her home computer at 10:30 p.m. They say these are the last times they can place her whereabouts that day.
Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet confirmed to 13WMAZ that Giddings is believed seen on video outside a Zaxby's restaurant, and a receipt was found in her apartment matching the time of the purchase.
Gaudet said police hope to get results on Monday or Tuesday of FBI forensic tests on more than 70 items from Giddings' apartment and other places searched in the investigation. She said the results will be pivotal and could determine when and how Giddings was killed.
Lauren Giddings had recently graduated from Mercer University Law School and was living in an apartment building for law students called Barristers' Hall, at 1058 Georgia Ave., across the street from the law school.
Giddings' dismembered body was found outside her apartment building on June 30. Police term her death a homicide but they have not named a suspect.
Police arrested a neighbor, Stephen McDaniel, on unrelated burglary charges on July 1 after questioning him about Giddings' disappearance and death. The charges stem from two alleged burglaries of apartments in the building more than a year ago, but not Giddings' apartment.
Police Chief Mike Burns said McDaniel is a "person of interest" in the Giddings case. He is being held in jail without bond on the burglary charges. A hearing on his bond request is scheduled for July 14.
Police and McDaniel's defense lawyer say McDaniel has not been questioned about the Giddings case since the lawyer took up his case more than a week ago. The lawyer, Floyd Buford, said he would not let police question his client. The head of the Giddings investigation, Maj. Charles Stone, said there's no reason to question McDaniel because "he's charged with two burglaries. He's not a murder suspect."