JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are searching the home of Larry Thompson, the ex-boyfriend of 20-year-old Michelle McCoy and the suspect in the case of her apparent murder.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office found remains Thursday night that have not been positively identified as those of McCoy, though police believe they are hers.
The JSO arrived around 2:30 p.m. today to execute the warrant on the house at 8579 Darlington, just two blocks from the McCoy home.
Moments ago they removed six gasoline cans and two shovels from the home as evidence.
According to Sheriff John Rutherford in a news conference this morning, 52-year-old Thompson is the suspect in the case. Rutherford said Thompson is at large. He has a lengthy arrest record dating back to an unspecified charge in 1977.
The charges include rape, violation of injunction in a domestic violence case, aggravated battery on a pregnant female, battery, loitering and prowling, burglary and making threats. All of those arrests resulted in guilty verdicts.
Arrests for sexual battery, molestation on a victim 12-16 and battery on a law enforcement officer resulted in dropped charges. Police said it does not appear that these charges involved McCoy, and that they tried to serve a warrant on Thompson regarding the McCoy investigation today, but have not found him.
McCoy was last seen Jan. 10, when she got into a van. Her sister said McCoy was nervous at the time and asked her sister to check on her in a few minutes. McCoy never answered the phone.
Days later, a witness told police he saw what appeared to be an abduction not far from McCoy's home. After more than a week, detectives connected the two incidents and began a search for McCoy.
Wednesday, a strong lead led police to Nassau County, but turned up nothing.
Thursday, another lead led detectives to a vacant lot in northwest Jacksonville, where they found remains late in the evening.
Rutherford said they were most likely McCoy's, and he told her family.
If you know anything that could help police locate Thompson, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.
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