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David Anthony Burns is a Louisiana man accused of killing teenage college student Courtney Coco, whose murder was featured on a true-crime podcast and on NBC’s Dateline.
The case went cold after Coco was found dead in 2004. But on April 13, 2021, police named Burns as a suspect and charged him with murder. Officials did not immediately share details about the evidence linking Burns to Coco.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Courtney Coco’s Body was Found In an Abandoned Building in Texas About 200 Miles Away From Her Home
Coco’s mother, Stephanie Belgard, says she last saw her daughter on Friday, October 1, 2004. Belgard explained to Dateline that she and her husband had invited Coco to go camping with them that weekend. Coco declined but agreed to check in on her parents’ dogs while they were away.
Belgard said she received a call from an officer with the Alexandria Police Department that Monday. She was told that Coco’s body had been found in an abandoned building in Winnie, Texas. Winnie is about 200 miles away from where Coco lived in Alexandria, Louisiana. Officers found Coco’s high school graduation ring with the body.
Police said Coco’s body was only partially clothed when they found her and was already far along in the decomposition process. NBC News, citing police, reported that the state of Coco’s body suggested she had been dead for a few days by the time she was found.
A medical examiner could not determine Coco’s exact cause of death. But her death was ruled a homicide.
Police found Coco’s vehicle about a week later in Houston. Belgard told Dateline the vehicle still has her daughter’s personal items inside, like her lab coat. Belgard said Coco worked at a dental office while majoring in criminal investigation at Northwestern State University.