Officials Continue To Investigate Body Found In Floyd County

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

He is convicted of murder and serving a life sentence, but now police are saying his story isn't adding up.

The skull and many bones belonging to Patricia Phillips were discovered by hunters in Floyd County just before Christmas.

Patricia Phillips was reported missing on May 16th, 2000. Her mother says Patricia and her husband, Marcus, were traveling to Pike County, Kentucky.

"They were splitting up. That's the reason she went to Kentucky to return him to his parent’s home," said Donna Newton, Patricia's mother.

After Patricia dropped Marcus off at his parents, she was supposed to return home to Miamisburg, Ohio, but her mother says she never showed up.

"Of course we were nervous, scared. We knew this is probably what happened," Newton said.

"Hunters found some human remains up near a strip job near Maytown," said Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson.

After nearly seven years, Patricia's remains were found in a brush of trees in Floyd County. Marcus Phillips was convicted of Patricia's murder in 2004, without a trace of where her body was. In 2001, Marcus Phillips confessed to killing his wife. He says he drowned her near the Mountain Parkway, but the Floyd County coroner says that can't be true because her body was found about 100 feet up the side of the mountain.

While Marcus's confession doesn't line up with evidence found almost seven years after Patricia's disappearance, her mother says her daughter’s body will finally come home.

"The condition is bad, but it's wonderful that we can bring her home and put her in her grave," Newton said.

Nelson says he will return to the site where Patricia's body was found, hoping to recover more of her body and hopefully determine how she was really killed.

Patricia Phillips leaves behind two children, a 12 year old son and a seven year old daughter.

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