Elizabeth “Liz” Frances Coffey’s family may never know what happened to her between the time she disappeared June 4 and was found Saturday, dead in the front seat of her pickup on the property she leased near Proctor, in Comanche County.
Charley Coffey, the 43-year-old woman’s father, said Wednesday the autopsy reports had come back showing “cause of death undetermined; manner of death undetermined.”
Her body had mummified to the extent her internal organs could not be tested, Coffey said. There were findings that Liz Coffey’s left shoulder joint had dislocated, and both ankle joints were dislocated, but Coffey said he was told that might have happened because of the way the body had lain after death.
“We just can’t feel she would take her own life,” Coffey said, “but we just don’t know what happened, or how.
“One prayer has been answered for sure, and that was that we found her.”
Charley Coffey said he and his wife, friends and relatives had searched the area “almost daily” since it was determined she had disappeared.
“We don’t know what happened,” he said. “We had walked that area and searched over and over. I know we had to have been within 30 yards of where she was lots of times.”
Coffey said that there were reports he’d searched the area by plane, but though he had flown over parts of the property, he had not been over the gully where they found her.
“It was near some real thick brush,” he said. “We’d kept feeding the animals she was taking care of on the property. I’d told Jim (Purvis) we’d do that at least until we found her.
“My wife and I were on the four-wheeler and I was at an angle, so that when I looked back toward that brush I could see the taillight of the pickup. It was an act of God, we found her then. I don’t know why we hadn’t before, but I guess it was meant to be.”
Liz Coffey has a daughter and twin sons, and Charley Coffey said her daughter is “of age” that the Fort Worth Medical Examiner’s office released the body to her and the remains were cremated.
“We’ll have a memorial service and I imagine we’ll bury the ashes at the Zephyr Cemetery where we have family,” Coffey said. “But I’m not sure when that will be.”