Friday marks 28 years since murder of Peggy Cox


Friday marks 28 years since the murder of Peggy Cox at a Franklin Hardee’s. 

Just before midnight on Feb. 1, 1991, Cox was murdered while working the drive-thru at the location on Murfreesboro Road.  

Franklin police said the killer ordered and drove up to the window and shot Cox. 

She was found lying on the floor by her co-worker, who happened to be her then 20-year-old son. 

MORE: COLD CASE: Peggy Cox gunned down at Hardee’s drive-thru 25 years ago

Both family members and investigators want anyone who may have information about Cox’s murder to come forward.

“Any little thing would help. Eventually it’s all going to come together,” said her daughter, Desiree Cox.

“Was it random? Was it an accident? Did they not mean to do it? And then if they did mean to do it, why in the world would they have meant to hurt, of all people, my mother?” Cox questions of the killer.

Desiree Cox told News 2 she hopes it was a random shooting.

“It’s way hard to think that someone I knew would do this, so I think in a way it’s easier to think that it was random. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body,” she explained.

Franklin police said a detective is re-investigating the case from top to bottom.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

“Peggy Cox and her family deserve justice,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will never stop hunting for her killer or the answers that Peggy’s family and our community deserve.”

Anyone with information on the case should call Franklin police at 615-794-2513 or the Peggy Cox tip line at 615-550-8404.

You can also text 615FPD, along with your tip, to 847411. 

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