Ozark Police investigate murder suicide

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Ozark, AL (WSFA) – Ozark police are investigating a kidnapping that turned into a murder suicide.

After a nationwide search for 50-year-old Debra Floyd, authorities found her and an ex-boyfriend dead inside a car in Pike County.

Tonight, family and friends are gathering to mourn their loss.

Debra's daughter Chantel Floyd said, "He could have just let my momma call us and tell us that she loved us, or something."

But talking with her mother is something she'll never get the chance to do again.

The bizarre case all started Thursday morning, when Debra didn't show up for work.

Coworkers contacted her son, who then alerted authorities.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said, "We went to the home and found her vehicle missing.  Then we began searching the inside."

When police searched her home, they found no signs of a struggle, but they did find a cell phone in her driveway.

They later found out that cell phone belonged to her ex-boyfriend, Thomas McClain, nicknamed "Tony".

Debra's family members say Tony had a history of violence towards her, especially now that she was dating someone else.

Luckily, Debra still had her phone that morning, and US Marshals used cell phone towers to track her location.

But when they found her, it was too late.

Chantel said, "When they found my momma, I thought they were going to say she was alright.  I didn't think he'd do something like this."

Chief Spivey said, these cases are the most difficult to come to terms with.

He said, "You got a lady that's murdered, and there is no justice."

Right now, police are trying to piece together a timeline of what exactly happened that morning.

But Chantel knows exactly what's ahead for her—difficult moments.

"I don't know what I'm going to tell my kids," she said, "when they get off the school bus."

For now, all she can do is hold on to her mother's memory.

Ozark Police are continuing their investigation.

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