Statement of Nora Okampa, taken 4:10pm, June 4, 59 Coriander Rd.
When did you last see Rebecca?
When I dropped her off after school yesterday. We planned then that she was going to come over to my house after dinner.
I take it she never arrived, then.
No. I had actually been expecting her earlier than eight o'clock, but with Rebecca I never really knew when she would show up.
Her mother told us that the two of you spent quite a lot of time together.
Yeah, we were friends for a long time. I didn't see as much of her lately as I used to, but we drove to school together every morning, and sometimes she'd come over here or we'd go out and do something.
You haven't seen her much lately? Her mother implied that she spent all her time over here, except when she was studying at home.
Well, Rebecca would sometimes tell her mother that she was coming over here when she wasn't, really. I stupidly agreed to cover for her once and ever since she's been lying to her mother and using me to back her up. I didn't mind at first. Rebecca's mother is just really strict about things like curfews, so sometimes she'd tell her mom that she was spending the night here instead of tell her where she was really going. She would get here eventually, but she'd go out somewhere else first. Sometimes I went with her, sometimes we just met up later. But Rebecca started using me as an excuse more often, recently, at whatever time she wanted to have free. I was getting more and more worried about her, lately. I was at the point when I was going to go to her parents and tell them what I though was going on, and then she died.
Do you know what Rebecca was doing, if she wasn't with you?
I suspected she had gotten involved with drugs in some way. I mean, you hear rumors. There's supposed to be a guy somewhere around this neighborhood who deals. I know things about some of the people from school that she's been hanging out with, and I can put two and two together. She was acting differently, and I was getting afraid for her.