Franklin police find new leads on city’s only cold case

$20K reward offered in Peggy Cox cold case in Franklin (Image 1)

Franklin police say they have new leads on their only cold case and now the victim’s family is speaking out about the new developments.

Peggy Cox was shot and killed at the Hardee’s drive-through window where she was working on February 1, 1991.

On November 21, the facts surrounding Cox’s murder were presented to the Vidocq Society, an exclusive crime-solving organization that meets monthly in Philadelphia. The group is comprised of detectives and forensic experts. The organization only reviews eight cases a year.

Since then, Detective Darren Barnes says they have developed new leads and will follow up with interviews.

Peggy’s daughter, Desiree, said her mom had no enemies.

“She was at church every Sunday, and went to the laundry mat, and then she worked. That’s all she did,” Cox said.

She said Peggy was a stay at home mom until their father passed away years earlier from an illness.  She said her mom was just trying to get back into the workforce when she took the job at the Hardee’s on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.

Desiree and her brother, Jude, who were in their 20s at the time, were both employees at the restaurant.

Peggy Cox worked there for two years when she was shot and killed on her 49th birthday.

“Jude heard a male voice place an order through the intercom and then started making the order,” Det. Barnes said.

A few moments later, employees heard two shots. Jude ran to his mom and found her lying on the ground.

Det. Barnes said no food was ever given and no money was exchanged.  Witnesses only saw a dark colored small Toyota or Nissan leave the scene.

Her family believes it was a botched robbery attempt.

“We just think it was random. We don’t think it was anybody that knew her,” Cox said.
However, Det. Barnes believes it was possibly someone she knew.

“I don’t think it was a robbery gone bad, but there are several things we’re looking at as far as motives,” Det. Barnes said.

Anyone with information on the case should call Franklin police at 615-794-2513.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department by texting the keyword 615FPD and the tip to 847411.

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