William Lewis Reece who is serving 60 years in a Texas prison for kidnapping a woman is told the police where he buried the bodies of two missing young women, Jessica Cain and Kelli Cox, to avoid the death penalty. Reece is charged in the deaths of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, 17-year-old Jessica Cain and 12-year-old Laura Smither.
Reece takes police to an old farm nearby. Cox is found in a shallow grave.
UPDATE: 4/11/16 – The remains found have been confirmed to belong to Kelli by forensic specialists via dental records.
UPDATE: 4/5/16 – Human remains have been found at a Brazoria County dig site, family members say. The family told KHOU 11 News they got the call late Monday about the remains.
UPDATE 3/29/16 – Police began digging just north of Angleton, in a field off Highway 288 near County Road 49.
UPDATE 3/24/16 – Police announced today they will start digging on private property in Brazoria County for the remains of Kelli. This new development may be related to the recent digging for Jessica Cain in Houston which resulted in finding skeletal remains. According to KHOU News the property owner said investigators and William Reece have been out on the property several times. Reece is a convicted kidnapper and he was on the scene when the police were digging in Houston.
Kelli Ann Cox, 20, has been missing from Denton, Texas since July 15, 1997. Kelli was attending the University of North Texas and majoring in psychology. She lived with her parents along with her daughter, not quite two, in Farmers Branch. She was to graduate in May 1998.
She went on a field trip with her criminal justice class to the Denton City Jail in her 1989 Nisson 240XS and parked in a parking lot. She locked her purse and keys into the car because the jail wouldn’t allow her to bring her belongings in. She had a spare key hidden and when she tried to use it later it didn’t work. She went to a pay phone a block away to call her boyfriend, Lawrence Harris to come help her. When he got there around 12:30 p.m. Kelli’s car was there but she was gone.
Police thought that Harris may have been responsible but after four polygraph test he was ruled out. Kelly is still missing.