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Accused child molestor dead of apparent suicide

3-22-2007 Mississippi:
A Choctaw County man who was charged with sex crimes against his young children was found dead of an apparent suicide late Thursday morning, Sheriff Doug McHan said.

Wayne Cox, 61, of Weir was found dead at about 10:30 in a wooded area behind the Weir-Stewart Road home he and his wife shared.

“It was an apparent suicide by overdose,” McHan said.

Authorities found Cox with an empty bottle of Xanex, a Mountain Dew and a small caliber handgun, McHan said.

It didn’t appear that the gun had been used, McHan said, adding that no suicide note had been found.

An autopsy has been ordered to make an official ruling on the cause of death, McHan said.

Cox was arrested on March 14 and charged with sexual battery on his 11-year-old girl and 4-year-old son.

The investigation began in December after a complaint was filed with the Department of Human Services.

The children were removed from the home to live with relatives when the investigation began, McHan said. Cox was out of jail on $55,000 bond.

The charges against Cox were reported in The Star-Herald, which went on sale the afternoon before he was found dead. ..more.. by The Star-Hearld

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