Cops say Seth McCoy is living with his mom
September 6, 2012
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – The strange case of Seth McCoy, a former student at Elk Creek Elementary School, got murkier on Wednesday.
Jason McCoy, Seth’s father, reported last week that his 7-year-old son died in early August at a hospital in Denver.
Now, McCoy said on Wednesday, he is no longer certain his son is dead.
“I am calling everybody I can call, backtracking all over,” Jason McCoy told the Post Independent on Wednesday. “If he is alive, I would love to see him. I haven’t seen him in a month and a half.”
At the same time, law enforcement authorities in New Castle and Arapahoe County are also asking questions.
“We are currently attempting to ascertain whether a crime has been committed,” said Sgt. Julynn Saunders, of the New Castle Police Department, on Wednesday.
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She said that Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department officials recently told her that Seth is living in the Denver area with his mother and attending school there.
She added that the New Castle police are working with Arapahoe County investigators looking into the matter, although she declined to go into details about the investigation.
Jennifer Stretch, Jason McCoy’s ex-wife, has told the Post Independent repeatedly that she lives in the Denver area with her son, and her story was backed up by Saunders. Stretch said she was unsure why McCoy would claim that his son had died.
On Aug. 30 Jason McCoy, with a woman named Bethany Tharp, submitted an obituary to the Post Independent announcing that Seth had died on Aug. 8 in Children’s Hospital. Tharp listed herself as Seth’s mother in the obituary, which was published on Aug. 31.
On her Facebook page, and in an interview with the Post Independent, Tharp has said she was in the process of adopting the boy when he died.
Jason McCoy told the Post Independent that he was informed of his son’s death by someone with the Arapahoe County Human Services Department.
Haley McKean, a communication services specialist with the Arapahoe County Human Services department, said that could not be the case.
“Child welfare would never be the ones to reach out to a parent about the death of a child,” McKean said. “That would be up to law enforcement.”
McCoy said he does not have a death certificate for his son, explaining that he is awaiting the certificate’s arrival from authorities in the Denver area.
Stretch, sounding mystified by the unfolding drama, said Jason McCoy had not called his son in more than a month.
“This has gone too far,” Stretch said on Wednesday. “They know damn well he is alive.”