The Mississippi inmate who admitted to killing his sister-in-law just before his execution also left behind a map for investigators — leading to the discovery of human remains, prosecutors said.
The likely remains of Felicia Cox, who disappeared in 2007, were found Sunday in Pontotoc County using a map drawn by her brother-in-law, David Neal Cox.
The 50-year-old man told his attorneys he killed her before he was executed on Nov. 17 for killing his estranged wife in 2010.
The remains were taken to a medical examiner for an autopsy and DNA analysis, District Attorney John Weddle said in a statement Monday announcing the macabre find.
Felicia Cox’s daughter, Amber Miskelly, and other relatives were present at the discovery site — land that once belonged to the woman’s family. Investigators used cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar, along with the executed man’s detailed map, to find the remains, Weddle said.
“For the family to get some closure on a missing person’s case that’s that old is important to them,” Weddle told WCBI. “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 on July 2, 2007, and her Chevrolet Blazer was found abandoned in Randolph, the station reported.
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, Weddle said.
“We are thankful the family can now begin the process of giving Felicia Cox a burial,” Weddle said in a statement late Sunday.
The remains were found after three hours of digging, WCBI reported. Weddle has said Investigators believe David Neal Cox is the only person involved in her death, but authorities have not released any details as to how they believe she was killed or the circumstances leading up to it.
Weddle hopes an autopsy will be completed by Wednesday, with DNA analysis to be finalized shortly thereafter, WCBI reported.
Felicia Cox’s daughter, meanwhile, said giving her mother a final resting place is now her top priority.
“Finding her meant everything to me and getting her a proper burial is my goal now,” Miskelly told WCBI in a statement.
Felicia Cox disappeared after visiting David Neal Cox’s estranged wife, Kim Kirk Cox, in 2007.
David Neal Cox, who called himself “worthy of death” while ditching his final appeals, became the first inmate executed in Mississippi in nine years last month for killing his estranged wife and sexually assaulting his then-12-year-old stepdaughter as her mother died.
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