In April 2016, McKinley Lane Cody, 19, was charged with first degree felony murder, robbery, and degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Lora. Her remains were found on a property on Lane Drive by the property owner. Authorities stated that Cody was the last person to be seen with Costner and Cody took measures to conceal her body and burned and destroyed evidence and stole personal property belonging to her including prescription medication, reports WATE news. Lora died from blunt force trauma to the head.
UPDATE: A $10,000 reward has been offered. Lora Hale Costner, 42, is missing from Newport, Tenn. She was last heard from on Jan. 7, 2016 when she texted someone at her son’s school and told them she was running late because she had a flat tire. It is not positive if she actually set the text message as when the car was found the tire had been slashed. WATE news reports her van was found at the Union Baptist Church parking lot with a slashed tire. Family is sure she would have called them for help is she had a flat tire. Lora is 5’5” tall, 145 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. She has a tattoo of a yellow sunflower on her right hip and s he likes to wear large silver earrings. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call the Cocke County Sheriff’s Dept. at 423-623-3064 or leave a tip here.FACEBOOK PAGE