Police Say Man Whose Body Was Found At Prentice Cooper State Park Had Been Shot Multiple Times In Red Bank

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Johnbeth Holland
Johnbeth Holland

Police said a man involved in an incident in which a body was found in a burned car at Prentice Cooper State Park has now admitted he shot the victim.

Kaleb Cox first said he drove around on Feb. 6 with Sean Moss and that Moss died of a drug overdose.

After an autopsy revealed several bullets in Moss’ chest, Cox admitted to shooting Moss over a disagreement about narcotics. Cox said this occurred at an apartment in Red Bank. When law enforcement processed that scene, Cox re-enacted the shooting.

Police said Cox insisted the homicide was in self-defense, and that Moss had drawn a handgun on Cox. Cox said he took Moss’ gun after shooting him, and hid the gun in a wooded area behind the residence. A search did not find this gun, however.

The day of the incident, officers observed  a silver Toyota sedan on a gravel road in Prentice Cooper State Park. They noticed a “small amount of smoke” and a smell like “burnt plastic” coming from the vehicle.

They attempted to put the fire out, but when they opened the car door, the fire became worse. Officers noticed the back seat was covered in clothing and towels. When the fire department arrived and put out the fire, they found the remains of Sean Moss in the car.

Investigators learned that the last person who spoke to Moss was Cox. Around the same time, investigators watched surveillance footage that showed Moss’ vehicle followed closely by Cox’s girlfriend Johnbeth Holland, 22, driving close behind.

They allegedly started the fire in the car to try to destroy the vehicle and Moss' body.

Ms. Holland has been taken to the Hamilton County Jail and is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to criminal homicide.

 

 


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