Headline Surfer Listing of Florida Unsolved Homicides: 1980s

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
 
Date: Sept. 20, 1989
Homicide Victim: Marinthia McCoy, 26, of Jacksonville
Synopsis: Marinthia McCoy was a resident of Jacksonville at the time of her 1989 disappearance. She traveled to Daytona Beach with a male companion on Sept. 19, 1989, and stayed overnight at the Marriott Hotel in Daytona.. McCoy, 26 partied that night and danced in a local bar's bikini contest. McCoy hired a limousine to go back to Jacksonville at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. The limousine driver told investigators that he dropped McCoy off in Jacksonville, but she has never been seen again. The limousine driver, who is now in prison for bank robbery, was interviewed several times by cops and has denied involvement in her disappearance. Besides the driver's account, there is no evidence that McCoy ever made it back to Jacksonville. McCoy is twice divorced. She had a new bartending job and a son in Jacksonville who was 2 years old at the time of her 1989 disappearance. She left behind her newly-purchased car. Foul play is suspected in her case.
Contact: Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Daytona Beach Police at 386-671-5100.
 
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.