Elyria man confessed to killing wife before killing himself, police didn't follow-up on 911 call

ELYRIA, Ohio - The deaths of Margaret and Virgil McCoy have been ruled a murder-suicide, a ruling bolstered by a 911 call Virgil McCoy made from his home. He told a dispatcher he just killed his wife, only the dispatcher claims she didn't hear him.

At 10:14 p.m. April 15, Virgil McCoy called Lorain County 911 from his cell phone and told the dispatcher he just killed his wife, 65-year-old Margaret McCoy, inside their Elyria trailer home.

The dispatcher transferred the call to Elyria police. But McCoy hung up before police answered. Elyria police did not go to the house even though the county dispatcher got McCoy's cell phone number and address.

McCoy hung up and killed himself, but their bodies weren't found until the next day.

The McCoys' friend and neighbor Joyce Martinak said she's stunned to hear police didn't follow up the 911 call that night. She wants to know why police didn't call the county back to get more information about the hangup.

"I was flabbergasted that nobody came. I didn't know there was a 911 call," Martinak said.

The Elyria Chronicle reported the Lorain County 911 director defended the county dispatcher, saying she never heard McCoy say he killed his wife. Elyria police could not be reached for comment.

While McCoys' neighbor doesn't think police could have saved Margaret's life, she's worried about 911 procedures if the county and city don't communicate clearly during emergencies.

"When you call 911, you want to know somebody is going to come out, come out and see what's the problem," Martinak said.

Meanwhile, police still have no motive for the shooting.

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