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Man charged with murdering woman who lived with him

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UPDATED: AUG. 12, 2019 5:15 P.M.

(WSIL) -- Friends of the late Kendra Ardery say the 29-year old had been living at the home belonging to the man charged in her murder, 48-year old Thomas McCoy of West Frankfort.

West Frankfort Police Chief John Prudent says McCoy was also the last person Ardery was known to be with.

Ardery's mother, Margaret Ardery, told News 3, she called police on Sunday after she hadn't heard from Kendra since Thursday. She believed that Kendra was trying to return home to Florida.

When Margaret Ardery called McCoy, he told her Kendra Ardery was on a bus headed south. But Margaret says his story kept changing. 

"He goes, 'I went ahead and gave her $200 and bought her bus ticket so she could come back. She's on her way home'," said Margaret Ardery. 

Police say McCoy led them to Ardery's body, but upon further questioning requested a lawyer.

"It is the most horrifying thing you could ever imagine. I can't even describe it. It feels like somebody just reached inside me and ripped my soul out and I'm walking around empty," says Margaret Ardery.

Chief Prudent was at McCoy's house Monday as Crime Scene Investigators searched the home for evidence. He says they are also working to get the video from surveillance cameras at McCoy's home. 

The Williamson County Coroner says an autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

UPDATED: AUG. 12, 2019 1:40 P.M.

(WSIL) -- West Frankfort Police Chief John Prudent tells News 3 that Kendra Ardery's body was located in some tall grass near trees Monday, August 12 near Angelville Road northeast of Crab Orchard.

Ardery was reported missing August 11, and that is when the investigation into her whereabouts began.

Police have arrested 48-year-old Thomas McCoy in connection with her murder. He has been arrested and charged with first degree murder along with other charges listed below. He has been taken to a hospital to be checked out after complaining of chest pain.

UPDATED: AUG. 12, 2019 11:30 A.M.

(WSIL) -- A West Frankfort man faces a murder charge after officers found a woman dead in Williamson County.

West Frankfort Police say Thomas D. McCoy, 48, became a suspect in the disappearance of Kendra M. Ardery.

The 29-year-old's body was found on Angelville Road in Williamson County.

McCoy now faces first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death, and abuse of a corpse charges. He was taken into custody.

West Frankfort police are not anticipating any other arrests at this time. 


WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick confirms that a body has been found near Angelville Road northeast of Crab Orchard.

Authorities are on scene near the intersection of Angelville Road and Meadowlark Road. 

No other details have been given at this time. 

This is a developing story and we will update as details become available.

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