WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (KFVS) - A man is facing murder charges in a woman’s death in West Frankfort, Ill.
Thomas D. McCoy, 48, of West Frankfort, is being held int he Franklin County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death and abuse of a corpse. His bond is set at $5,000,000.
He is expected to appear for a hearing and bond review on Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse.
According to West Frankfort police, on August 11, they, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and the Johnston City Police Department began an investigation into the disappearance of 29-year-old Kendra M. Ardery.
McCoy allegedly caused physical trauma to Ardery’s head and neck between Aug. 8 and Aug. 10. According to court documents, McCoy concealed her death and abused the victim’s body.
During an interview, police said he told them the location of her body.
Investigators found her body on Angelville Road in Williamson County.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, the Williamson County coroner and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services responded to the scene.
She was pronounced dead by the coroner on Monday, Aug. 12.
According to Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke, her body was found on Angelville Road just south of Meadowlark Road.
He said an autopsy will be conducted later on Monday.
According to West Frankfort Police Chief John Prudent, the suspect, McCoy, drove Ardery’s body to Angleville Road in a gray SUV and left her in some tall grass under a tree.
Chief Prudent said McCoy was taken to the hospital after he complained of chest pains. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be sent to the Williamson County Jail.
According to police, no other arrests are anticipated at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.