Kendra M Ardery, 29
West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois
August 8, 2019
One of my board members contact Kendra’s mother when we saw the notice that she had been reported missing. Her mother was frantic, and watching Kendra’s five children. She had just spoken to her, and then had been unable to have any further contact. She knew something was seriously wrong. She had spoken to Kendra’s friend and roommate forty-eight year old Thomas McCoy but his story didn’t add up. He said he gave her money to take a bus home. That, however, is where McCoy’s responses to her mother continued to change and become conflicting statements. On Friday, August 9, 2019, Mom, living in Florida contacted the Johnston City Police Department and made an official Missing Persons report for her daughter.
Kendra had been staying with McCoy, which was believed to be on the 200 block of North Gardner Street in West Frankfort.
August 12, 2019, Law enforcement broke the case when they spoke to McCoy of West Frankfort, Illinois. He told them where he put Kendra’s body. He drove her lifeless body in his gray SUV. He led detectives to Angelville Road in Williamson County. Kendra’s body was found on Angelville Road just south of Meadowlark Road in tall grass under a tree. McCoy told detectives he allegedly killed Kendra inflicting physical trauma to her head and neck between August 8, 2019 and August 10, 2019. He then had sex with her corpse. He told Detectives he had an on-again off-again relationship with Kendra. It was reported to me that he was married and he had just had a fight with his wife prior to Kendra’s murder which may be what prompted his actions.
He was charged by Franklin County with two counts of First Degree Murder and concealing a homicidal death and abuse of a corpse. His bond was at five million dollars.
KFVS News in West reported that McCoy complained of chest pains and was admitted to a hospital. Once released he was taken directly to the Williamson County Jail.
Oddly enough, there is video surveillance at McCoy’s residence and police were attempting to get it. It is not known however if the police ever got access to it.
Kendra was cremated. Her five children will forever be with Kendra’s mother, all living in Florida. They seem happy to be with grandma. They are such beautiful and young children. They know what happened to their mom. Grandma reports consistently of their good and bad days. My heart goes out to every single one of them.
Meanwhile, this jack-hat remains in custody. Pretrial begins May 7, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. at the Franklin County Courthouse. No jury trial is yet set. He waived his rights to a speedy trial.