December 13, 2021

Remains believed to be missing woman killed by death row inmate found near Pontotoc

Therese Apel

David Neal Cox, scheduled for execution Nov. 17, 2021.

Authorities believe they’ve found the remains of a woman missing for more than a decade.

Felecia Cox is believed to have been killed by her brother-in-law, David Neal Cox, who was the state’s most recent Death Row inmate to be executed. He asked the state to procede with his execution because he felt he was not “worthy to live.”

David Cox sexually assaulted and tortured his stepdaughter in front of his estranged wife, Kim Cox, as she lay bleeding to death. When police arrived he held the women barricaded for eight hours. When they finally ended the standoff, Kim Cox was dead.

When David Cox died, a letter was hand-delivered to District Attorney John Weddle’s office with details on where to find Felecia Cox. He had been a suspect in her disappearance since she went missing in 2007.

Consulting the letter David Cox left, officials searched around the Cane Creek road property near Pontotoc starting around 8:30am Sunday.

According to WCBI, remains were located shortly after 1 p.m.

Authorities can’t make a snap judgement the the remains do belong to Felecia Cox until the state crime lab has done an autopsy and matched DNA samples, though investigators feel confident the remains are hers.

David Neal Cox is dead by lethal injection as of Nov. 17, 2021.

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