UPDATE: Mother of Infant Found Dead in Pulaski Co. Speaks Out - WSET.com - ABC13

UPDATE: Mother of Infant Found Dead in Pulaski Co. Speaks Out


Pulaski Co., VA - Police confirmed that the body of an infant found last week was that of five-month-old Cory Cole.

A vigil is set for Cole near where his body was found in Draper. His mom is expected to be in attendance.

Cory's mother Samantha Warden says that she and Howard Cole had been engaged six years and have a three year old son together as well as young Cory.

Warden says the two were deciding whether the relationship was going to continue when this tragedy started unfolding.

Warden says "not in a million years" did she expect Cole to hurt her son.

Pulaski Chief Gary Roche still has yet to confer with the commonwealth regarding additional charges pending a complete autopsy.

The community will gather at 7 p.m. to remember the life of Cory Cole.



Pulaski Co., VA - Police confirm that the infant body that was recovered in the Draper area of Pulaski County on Thursday has been positively identified as missing five month old Cory Samuel Cole.

Police arrested Cory's father, 31 year old Howard Samuel Cole the day they found the body. Police say he abused the child on Sunday and deputies spent all week looking for the two.

There's going to be a vigil today at 4 p.m. for Cory. ABC 13 will have a crew there.


Pulaski Co., VA - A baby's body was found in Pulaski County Thursday night is believed to be missing 5-month-old Cory Cole.

Investigators are waiting on the medical examiner to make a positive I.D.

The man charged with child abuse in the case, Howard Cole, has had issues with the law, not only in the New River Valley, but in North Carolina as well.

Video from last September in Wythe County shows what investigators believe is Cole breaking into a convenience store.

This break in is a part of a string of crimes Cole is alleged to have committed that night, which has people wondering why he was even on the streets in the first place.

"As many felonies and charges that he had against him I was really surprised he was out and so was Doug Tuck. He was surprised that he made the bond," said the store's owner Brian Davis.

Doug Tuck is an investigator in Wythe County.

Wythe County's Chief Deputy agreed they were surprised.

Cole was indicted in both Wythe and Pulaski Counties earlier this month in connection to the crime spree.

The only bonds ABC 13 could find on record were a combined $5,000 for two felonies.

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