Human remains found in Cherokee Co. belong to woman missing since 2018, deputies say

Missing Persons

CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that human remains found in a wooded area belong to missing woman Falon Michelle Cooksey.

7 News previously reported Falon Michelle Cooksey, 30, was last seen on June 10, 2018 in Blacksburg. The remains were found in a wooded area off Matthew Drive in Gaffney Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

The skeletal remains were found by a person who had seen the remains within the past three to four weeks. Officers also located her purse with her identification and credit cards. The Cherokee County Coroner was able to positively identify the skeletal remains from a jawbone at the scene and dental records.

Deputies say Cooksey “died at her own hands.”

Family members and friends told 7 News at a vigil back in July 2018 that Falon is a mother of two young children, and that she had a history of drug abuse.

“Falon and I are two months apart. We were like sisters,” said cousin Jamie Cooksey. “It’s been very hard. I know there’s been nights when I know I haven’t slept.”

“No matter what mistakes she made, she was always a good mom,” Jamie Cooksey said. 

A month after she was last seen, her friends told 7 News it was unlike Cooksey to not check on her children for that long, and that was the most alarming part of her disappearance. 

“24/7, she always kept in contact with her kids,” Falon’s friend Brandi Bradley told 7 News. “They say that’s what she was having a fit about, right before she didn’t call us anymore.” 

Family members said they knew something was wrong before they even filed the missing persons report.

“We reached out to people who she was known to be with and hang out with, and tried to see if they had heard from her or seen her, and no one says they had,” said Jamie Cooksey. 

Blacksburg Police said back in 2018 that they have been searching for Falon based on tips.

On Thursday, deputies also addressed that officers spent countless hours searching areas based off of tips from rumors and false information on social media. “All the vicious rumors surrounding the disappearance of Falon Michelle Cooksey can now be put to rest,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Family of Cooksey said Thursday the pain of her disappearance is still very fresh. Adding, this gives them a little closure.

“We hoped it would be better than it was, the outcome but we’re just glad she can finally be laid to rest because she deserves that,” said Cooksey’s Cousin, Jamie Cooksey.

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