Death row inmate’s hand-drawn map just before execution leads to woman’s remains
A hand-drawn map by a convicted murderer just hours before his execution has lead to the likely remains of his sister-in-law.
Felicia Cox, 40, disappeared in 2007, but her likely remains were found on Sunday in land owned by her family in the US state of Mississippi.
Her brother-in-law, David Neal Cox, 50, handed the police a map he had drawn, leading them to the grisly discovery.
The 50-year-old told his lawyers he killed her before he was executed by lethal injection last month for the murder of his estranged wife Kim Cox in 2010.
The remains were taken to a medical examiner for an autopsy and DNA analysis, with authorities still unsure as to how she was killed or the circumstances leading up to it, the New York Post reports.
Felicia’s daughter, Amber Miskelly, was present at the discovery site along with other relatives.
Investigators used dogs and ground-penetrating radar in conjunction with the map to find the remains after three hours of digging.
District Attorney John Weddle told WCBI: “For the family to get some closure on a missing person’s case that’s that old is important to them.
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“And of course, it’s important to law enforcement to finally get some answers on this case after so long.”
Felicia Cox was last seen in Pontotoc, Mississippi, on July 2, 2007, and her Chevrolet Blazer was found abandoned.
David Neal Cox had long been a suspect in his sister-in-law’s death and admitted to killing the 40-year-old woman prior to his execution and waived his attorney-client privilege upon his death.
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District Attorney Weedle said in a statement: “We are thankful the family can now begin the process of giving Felicia Cox a burial.”
Felicia Cox’s daughter, meanwhile, said giving her mother a final resting place is now her top priority.
She told WCBI: “Finding her meant everything to me and getting her a proper burial is my goal now.”
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