Published September 07, 2012
A Colorado dad who reported the death of his 7-year-old son should be glad to know he was mistaken, but police are investigating whether there is more to the errant obituary than meets the eye.
Jason McCoy told the Post Independent in Glenwood Springs his son Seth had died Aug. 8 in a Denver hospital, and even submitted an obituary for the boy on Aug. 30. But Seth is alive and well, and living with his mother, Jennifer Stretch, of Arapahoe County. She has no clue as to why her ex-husband took out the death notice.
“It made me sick to my stomach. It was shocking,” she told FOX31 Denver. “It’s frustrating and there’s nothing illegal about having a fake obit. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Jason McCoy, who earlier claimed he was told of the boy's death by the Arapahoe County Human Services Department, said he is "no longer sure" his son is dead.
“I am calling everybody I can call, backtracking all over,” 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.”
Arapahoe County Human Services Department spokesperson Haley McKean said there is no way the agency would inform parents of the death of a child.
“Child welfare would never be the ones to reach out to a parent about the death of a child,” McKean told the paper. “That would be up to law enforcement.”
McCoy's bizarre actions and odd explanation has attracted the attention of local law enforcement authorities.
“We are currently attempting to ascertain whether a crime has been committed,” said New Castle Police Sgt. Julynn Saunders.
Stretch told the paper 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.”