Maura McCoy’s mother recounts days leading up to daughter’s death
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A mother is grieving after her daughter was found murdered in Butler County.
Pamela Riddle sat down with WSFA to talk about her late daughter, 18-year-old Maura McCoy. McCoy's body was discovered in a wooded area off of Mt. Pisgah Road, in southwest Butler County near Monroe County, on June 10. Riddle said McCoy was finishing up her high school degree online and planning on going to college for nursing. More than a month before her death, she found out she was expecting.
Riddle said McCoy found out she was pregnant on May 3, and though her family was initially disappointed, they were coming around and getting ready to welcome the baby.
"Once we worked through everything, we were getting excited about it," Riddle said. "We were making plans for her, building her a little cottage type place on our property in Wetumpka."
On the night of McCoy's murder, Riddle said she wasn't home.
"She left my house about 4:20," Riddle said. "I was at work - my current husband was there, her stepfather, and she didn't say where she was going. She just left."
We learned from an affidavit released on Monday that McCoy went to meet with her ex-boyfriend, Harrison Cole English. English, 18, said he and McCoy went to some hunting land his father leases off Mt. Pisgah Road to talk about the pregnancy. English told police he became angry while the two were talking, eventually grabbing a golf club from his backseat and hitting McCoy in the head and stomach until she died.
Riddle began to worry about McCoy when she reached out to her daughter's friends and learned no one had heard from her in days. She said McCoy's phone was off, which was unusual because she always had her phone with her.
"Somebody always knew where she was," Riddle said. "Whether it be me, her dad or her grandmother."
After disposing of her body, English said he destroyed McCoy's cell phone with the golf club, tossing the pieces into the woods. He said he also burned her purse, which was left in his truck.
Riddle said she never met English, but McCoy never let on that there was anything concerning about their relationship. The day before her daughter was killed, Riddle said McCoy had a doctor's appointment.
"The day before I had been to the doctor with her and she had actually tried to get [English] to come to that appointment with her and he said no," she said. "He said he didn't even want a picture of the ultrasound."
Riddle said McCoy had begun getting baby clothes and shoes.
"She had already picked out some baby names. She had some she was tossing around," she said.
Riddle found a notebook in McCoy's apartment, which listed one name in particular scribbled several times at the bottom of a sheet: Paisley Pierce McCoy.
Riddle wants her daughter to be remembered as the goofy girl she was.
"She was always goofing off, taking all her little selfies, Instagram, Snapchat," she said. "She was a great girl, she was going somewhere with her future."
English is being held at the Butler County Jail. His bond is set at $500,000.
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