Murder charge filed after remains are found in southwest Missouri

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Murder charge filed after remains are found in southwest Missouri
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Mugshot of Ray S. Fryling from Lawrence County, Mo. Jail

Prosecutors charge a Verona, Missouri man with first degree murder in the death of Coy A. Cole, reported missing in November 2019.

On December 1st, 2019, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office got a call for service at 17868 Lawrence 2059, outside Miller, about a missing person identified as 52-year-old Coy A. Cole. Authorities say that is the last known address of Cole.

Authorities say a family member said the last time they had contact with Cole was on November 18th, 2019.

Detective Chris Berry, with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, says he spoke with Mid-Mo Bank in Republic. That’s where Cole banked. Berry says he was told that Cole had banking activity as late as November 30th on a debit card. Transactions showed a withdraw in excess of $70,000 on November 12th.

Investigators looked at the surveillance videos of the financial transactions. A former roommate of Cole was using Cole’s debit card on November 22nd, without Cole present.

Authorities say there was also a death threat allegedly made against Cole on November 19th.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested one suspect who confessed being with Ray Fryling at 17868 Lawrence 2059 when Fryling shot Cole on about November 19th. The suspect said Cole was shot in the abdomen while sitting in a tan chair.

Investigators then spoke with Fryling, who admitted Cole had wrecked his truck, and he would make it right, according to court documents.

On December 9th, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Fryling’s property at 23503 Lawrence 1150 near Verona. While there, authorities say they found a fresh burn pile and recovered human remains and parts to a tan chair.

The remains have been sent off for DNA testing to confirm the identity.

The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office filed the following charges against Fryling: first degree murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities say another person of interest was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

Murder charge filed after remains are found in southwest Missouri

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