Investigators find remains at location mapped by convicted killer before his execution


By Kelly McCleary and Amy Simonson, CNN

Mississippi investigators found remains Sunday at a site they found using a map provided by a man executed last month who said it was where they would find Felicia Cox’s body , missing since July 2007, prosecutors said.

David Neal Cox handed the card and a letter to his attorneys at the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel ahead of his execution on Nov. 17, District Attorney John Weddle said in a press release.

Cox was on death row after pleading guilty to murdering his ex-wife and sexually assaulting his 12-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to death on the capital murder conviction in 2012, court records show.

Cox had previously been suspected in the disappearance of his sister-in-law Felicia Cox, Weddle said in the press release.

Cox’s attorneys began contacting Weddle’s office over the summer “regarding the possibility of disclosure … of the whereabouts of Felicia Cox’s body,” Weddle said.

Prosecutors have agreed to grant Cox immunity upon Felicia Cox’s disappearance in exchange for disclosing the location of her body. Cox agreed to waive attorney-client privilege, allowing his attorneys to hand over the information after his death, Waddle said.

After prosecutors received the information, they assembled a team to search for the site in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. This team included members of the Departments of Archeology and Anthropology at Mississippi State University who used ground penetrating radar to guide the recovery team.

Investigators also used satellite images to compare the location Cox mapped in 2007, when Felicia Cox went missing, to what it looks like today, according to the press release. “It was consistent with what he said,” Weddle said.

Investigators found remains at the site on Sunday and sent them to the Mississippi medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and DNA testing to confirm identity, Waddle said in the statement.

Felicia Cox’s daughter, Amber Miskelly and other family members were at the site and were able to witness the recovery, the statement said.

The Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel said in a Facebook post that it “appreciates the hard work, respect and professionalism provided by the First Circuit District Attorney’s Office.”

CNN has contacted the Pontotoc County Coroner’s Office and the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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CNN’s Chris Boyette and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.


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