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Henry, Jones county officials confirm businessman’s death

Murder suspect released from hospital for arrest

William Coker, Sr.

William Coker, Sr.

Authorities have confirmed the body found Sunday at a Macon home of Pamela Carole Moss, is that of Henry County businessman William “Doug” Coker, according to Capt. Earl Humphries of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pamela Carole Moss

Moss, who lives at the 149 Old Ridge Road address where Coker’s body was found, has been arrested and charged with Coker’s murder, said Humphries.

Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton also has confirmed the body found in the backyard of the home in the River North subdivision, is that of the well-known Stockbridge businessman. Coker had been missing since March 13.

Coker’s alleged assailant was treated for an alleged drug overdose at the Wayne County Memorial Hospital, according to Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece.

“She is being transported here now,” said Humphries. Moss and Coker had a business relationship, according to the Jones County investigator.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Office is not elaborating on how Coker was killed.

“Anything I tell you about the cause of death would be speculation,” said Humphries. “So, I don’t want to tell you anything until we know for sure.”

On Tuesday, Reece said Moss took desperate measures after realizing the investigation into Coker’s death was leading to her.

“I suspect she realized that we were actually closing in. Through phone records, we knew she had contacted her sister early on in the case,” said Reece. “Last night [Monday], we recovered his [Coker’s] car in Griffin, and her car from a shopping center parking lot in Hinesville. Our investigator received that information after she went to the hospital; undoubtedly, the sister must have told investigators where her car was.”

The missing car Coker was last seen driving, a gray Dodge Avenger, was found on Eighth Street, near Griffin-Spalding County Hospital, according to Humphries.

“We had been talking to U.S Marshals and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, they were trying to help us locate Ms. Moss,” said Reece.

In Jones County, investigators said they were led to believe Moss would surrender, but she did not.

Authorities said Moss spoke with her former attorney, Frank Hogue, who represented her in a Bibb County murder case in November 1997. Moss pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, after being charged with murder, in the death of her mother, Barbara Sherman Frye, 64.

“I represented her then and I will represent her now, if she needs me,” said Hogue in an interview Tuesday. “I spoke with her recently in anticipation of her coming back to Jones County to face these charges.”

“She spent seven years prison, and did three years on parole,” Hogue added.