Case 74

Eric Coy

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Case 74

Eric Coy

In 1987, nine-year-old Eric Coy was living with his parents and older brother in a central neighbourhood of Martinez, Northern California.

Most Saturdays Eric played with his cousin Eddrick, who was also his best friend. Eddrick only lived a five-minute bike ride away from Eric. They often hung out after school and on the weekends, tossing baseballs and footballs and climbing trees.

They did what all the local kids did; got ice cream or sweets at the store in between their houses, and while away the hours riding their bikes and mucking around, staying out most of the day. Close to Eddrick’s house was the youth ‘boys & girls club’ where kids from all over went to hang out, often playing basketball on the courts out the back.

As the weekend rolled around one would phone the other’s house to see if they could play, and on Saturday, January 24th, 1987, that’s exactly what Eric did. Just before 11 am that day, he phoned his aunty Angela to see if he could visit and play with Eddrick. At first, she said he couldn’t come over but then changed her mind and said yes.

At 10:55 am, Eric got on his bike and set off to Eddrick’s house. There was a shortcut through Martinez Junior High at the bottom of his street. It was raining a little and he wanted to get to his cousin’s house quickly – so he took the shortcut.

SUSPECT’S SKETCHES:

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Two drawings of a suspect wanted in connection with the 1987 murder of 9-year-old Martinez boy, Eric Coy. The suspect was described in 1987 as a male, 18-21 years of age, of Latin or Italian descent, with a light complexion. The suspect is also described as being 5-foot-8, approximately 165 pounds, dark eyes, with a muscular build and black, combed-back, medium-length hair. He was purportedly wearing faded Levi pants, a Levi jacket and light-coloured tennis shoes.

 

PHONE NUMBERS:

Martinez PD
(+1) 925-372-3440
Anonymous tip line:
(925) 372-3457

Contra Costa County Sherrif’s Dept.
(+1) 925-335-1500

FBI tip line (from USA)
1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)
or online
www.tips.fbi.gov

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

ARCHIVES:

Martinez Gazette

Original Articles

Martinez, California

 

ARTICLES:

Cold Case Still under Investigation – Martinez Tribune

Composite Drawings: Capturing the Suspect on Paper – Los Angeles Times

2 Teen-Agers Suspected of Crime Foray in 2 States – Los Angeles Times

Guard arrested in child slaying – UPI

 

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In 1987, nine-year-old Eric Coy was living with his parents and older brother in a central neighbourhood of Martinez, Northern California.

Most Saturdays Eric played with his cousin Eddrick, who was also his best friend. Eddrick only lived a five-minute bike ride away from Eric. They often hung out after school and on the weekends, tossing baseballs and footballs and climbing trees.

They did what all the local kids did; got ice cream or sweets at the store in between their houses, and while away the hours riding their bikes and mucking around, staying out most of the day. Close to Eddrick’s house was the youth ‘boys & girls club’ where kids from all over went to hang out, often playing basketball on the courts out the back.

As the weekend rolled around one would phone the other’s house to see if they could play, and on Saturday, January 24th, 1987, that’s exactly what Eric did. Just before 11 am that day, he phoned his aunty Angela to see if he could visit and play with Eddrick. At first, she said he couldn’t come over but then changed her mind and said yes.

At 10:55 am, Eric got on his bike and set off to Eddrick’s house. There was a shortcut through Martinez Junior High at the bottom of his street. It was raining a little and he wanted to get to his cousin’s house quickly – so he took the shortcut.

SUSPECT’S SKETCHES:

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Two drawings of a suspect wanted in connection with the 1987 murder of 9-year-old Martinez boy, Eric Coy. The suspect was described in 1987 as a male, 18-21 years of age, of Latin or Italian descent, with a light complexion. The suspect is also described as being 5-foot-8, approximately 165 pounds, dark eyes, with a muscular build and black, combed-back, medium-length hair. He was purportedly wearing faded Levi pants, a Levi jacket and light-coloured tennis shoes.

 

PHONE NUMBERS:

Martinez PD
(+1) 925-372-3440
Anonymous tip line:
(925) 372-3457

Contra Costa County Sherrif’s Dept.
(+1) 925-335-1500

FBI tip line (from USA)
1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)
or online
www.tips.fbi.gov

 

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

ARCHIVES:

Martinez Gazette

Original Articles

Martinez, California

 

ARTICLES:

Cold Case Still under Investigation – Martinez Tribune

Composite Drawings: Capturing the Suspect on Paper – Los Angeles Times

2 Teen-Agers Suspected of Crime Foray in 2 States – Los Angeles Times

Guard arrested in child slaying – UPI

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSOR

 

Casper – Offer code ‘casefile’ for $50 off selected mattresses

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