July 15th, 2008
02:18 PM ET

A jog to nowhere, and a body

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Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

Brad Cooper said his wife, Nancy, went for a morning jog on Saturday.

It was the last time anyone saw the 34-year-old woman alive. She seemingly vanished without a clue near her home in North Carolina.

Today, volunteers will continue to search for Cooper. But they are mindful of disturbing news coming from the police.

A man walking his dog yesterday found the body of a woman close to the area where Cooper is believed to have disappeared.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death - and whether the body is Nancy Cooper's.

A blog that focuses on finding Cooper is now paying tribute to her; the present term giving way to the past.

One posting asks readers to celebrate Nancy and to “start thinking of those quintessential Nancy stories that make her what she is.”

Investigators and the family still hope Nancy Cooper is alive, and that they will see her again. Very soon, we might know for sure.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Chris

    They announced that it was her body, and that it was now a murder investigation. The husband was supposed to show up at the news conference but declined at the last minute.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:49 am |
  2. kay, Huntsville, AL

    The news does not sound good. I hope it is not her but it is sad no matter who they found. People need to be very careful when they do anything now days. It is better for grown up women to be in groups when they go out. Men even need to be more careful and especially children. When I was a kid in the seventies it was bad enough but my parents protected me. People were perverts back then but at least you did not hear of most of the victims getting killed. Now it seems like it is nothing for them to take a human life. People are more evil now.

    July 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I sure hope Nancy is found alive and well but it doesn't sound promising. Meanwhile my thoughts and best wishes are with her family and friends.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 15, 2008 at 8:26 pm |