Two dead in murder, suicide

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 15, 2010

An Ozark man and woman were found dead in Pike County Thursday, from what law enforcement said appears to be a murder-suicide.

Debra S. Floyd, a 50-year-old black female and Thomas Junior McClain, a 59-year-old black male, are dead after McClain shot Floyd and then shot himself, said Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey.

Spivey said Floyd was reported missing from Fort Rucker around 9 a.m. Thursday after she did not show up to work. Ozark Police and surrounding law enforcement agencies had been searching since she was reported missing.

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“Coworkers said it was very unlike her not to show up to work. They said she never missed, and if she did, she always called,” Spivey said.

Spivey said after coworkers attempted to contact Floyd and her relatives, they notified officers, who then checked her residence at Debra Lane.

“She was not there, and her vehicle was missing,” Spivey said.

Officers found no signs of struggle inside the home, but they did find a cell phone in the yard of Floyd’s home that belonged to McClain, who was her ex-boyfriend.

The U.S. Marshall’s Service was able to detect Floyd’s cell phone at a seven-mile radius to a Pike County tower.

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said his department was notified around noon Thursday and was called to assist in searching for Floyd and McClain.

A Pike County deputy found the two dead in a vehicle at a residence on County Road 2287 in the Dugan community in Pike County. Thomas said the residence was one where McClain used to reside.

Spivey said a 9 mm weapon was recovered inside the vehicle and both were pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jerry Williams.

“We feel like the motive is she was no longer engaged in a relationship with this McClain guy and had moved onto another relationship,” Spivey said.

Spivey said McClain was residing in Ozark at the time of the incident, but he is originally from Pike County.

The Troy Police Department, Alabama Bureau of Investigations, Coffee County and Dale County Sheriff’s Departments, Alabama State Troopers and the Pike County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the incident.