July 16th, 2008
11:24 AM ET

Who killed Nancy Cooper?

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Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

One mystery is over, another just beginning.

The worst fears for the friends and family of Nancy Cooper were realized yesterday.

Three days after the mother of two disappeared, her body was discovered near her home.

She was 34-years-old. And she was the victim of a homicide.

Who killed Nancy Cooper and why?

Authorities are determined to answer both questions. They are conducting interviews, canvassing the neighborhood, and looking for forensic evidence.

Police have also obtained a search warrant for the Cooper family's home and cars. And they want to talk to Nancy's husband, Brad Cooper.

According to Brad, his wife went out jogging Saturday morning and never returned. Police say he is cooperating in the investigation, and would not confirm or deny reports that he bought bleach the day she vanished.

On a Facebook page dedicated now to the memory of Nancy Cooper, one post says the rumors and guessing swirling around the crime should end. "I hope that people can withhold any judgment or speculation about who they think may be responsible until all the facts are in," it reads. "Such comments are even doubly hurtful to those loved ones already grieving."

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. david t

    How is it that everyone "knows" they were having marital problems and that her husband "may" have bought bleach ? I think that the husband should be investigated as part of the process of finding out who killed this woman. However, past cases of " the husband did it" have, really no bearing on this case. In the US people are supposed to be Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty. The media in this country do far more harm than good with their, " anything is ok to say , true or not, as long as it makes a good story " type of reporting.

    July 17, 2008 at 7:20 am |
  2. Jimmy L. Heidelberg

    Bubba it would not supprise me if your name appears in the headlines one day because thinking like that is very ignorant and in
    this day and age you would think that people like yourself were locked
    up somewhere safe your wife has a reason to be worried.

    July 17, 2008 at 3:15 am |
  3. Craig

    Maybe they should send Brad Cooper to Gitmo before it's shut down so we can all complain about the way he was interrogated there.

    July 17, 2008 at 2:18 am |
  4. GF, Los Angeles

    @ Bubba if men like you did your part in the bedroom – we women wouldn't have to find satisfaction elsewhere. @ John – go call your mommy and tell her you're hungwy.

    July 17, 2008 at 1:55 am |
  5. Melissa, Los Angeles

    "Funny how it’s all women who comment on these stories".

    Gee Bubba, I didn't know you were a woman! You should take your own advice and pay attention to your significant other if one exists – after all – you might get whacked!

    July 17, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  6. Hermie

    Horrible, why womens always the one who suffered in case of marital status problem, wake up people!!! husbands whose planning to kill their wives, pls! just divorce them, you guys can't get away anyway. Well, GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

    July 17, 2008 at 12:34 am |
  7. Michelle H.

    We live near Lochmere and play golf and tennis there regularly. As other posters have said, the area, as is much of Cary, is very safe. The growth rate is through the roof yet again here.

    I was hoping she would turn up fine but I had a feeling she was gone. I don't know if he did it or not but for the kids' sake, I hope he didn't.

    I don't think any of us can comment on the marriage of someone else but if I was going out somewhere at 7am and wasn't back within a few hours, my husband wouldn't be so casual about me not being back.

    Lochmere is a lovely place, large houses but a very bustling neighborhood – one that has a golf course, pool and tennis courts on one side. It would be very hard for someone in the morning light to go missing there without someone seeing.

    July 17, 2008 at 12:07 am |
  8. Matt

    Why do media outlets continue to quote Myspace and Facebook pages as if they are legitimate sources? Are reporters today just that lazy?

    July 16, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  9. Trevor

    Hang him-hang him high!

    July 16, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  10. h.t.

    What I really find curious is that a CNN reporter and presumably several CNN editors can read, edit and post a story without a single one of them noticing that the story is missing one of the basic ingredients of a news story – where the murder took place. Not a city. Not a state. For that matter, not even a country.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  11. Susan

    When the first reports came out, the female neighbor who made the call to report that Nancy was missing made some comments about really loving the 2 little girls and how odd it was that Nancy had stood her up. I have a hunch that the neighbor and the husband were having an affair and that's why he didn't want to leave the residence if he and Nancy ended up separating.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Angie in North Carolina

    Any man buying bleach at 4:00 in the morning is guilty. My husband may by laundry supplies, but it is never at 4:00 a.m. Also, a wife that leaves the house to jog with no car, no cell phone, no wallet...would be considered missing and in danger if she didn't show up within a few hours. There are too many things that scream "strange" and all relate to the husband.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Jo Anne Cummings

    I still believe in being proven guilty "beyond a resonable doubt". Even with the recent "wife murders" there still may be an innocent guy and a murderer out there. I'll wait and see.........

    July 16, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  14. yu suk

    most predators are white males and that's from an fbi profile

    July 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Fred

    The husband did it. Those of you who think differently are naive. (sp?)

    You can cry all you want about innocent until proven guilty, which I agree with that concept by the way. But the husband did it.

    In the most respectful way possible, I am telling everyone to quit believing that most people are good. You'd be surprised what people in society are capable of.

    I would even go so far as to say she never went jogging, but in the end, that fact really doesn't matter.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Kerry Berger

    Whilst any case of murder is public information and important case to solve, I have to ask whether this report is even really newsworthy at a national level, or simply a way to fill the airwaves and cyberspace with more entertainment fluff instead of genuine hard-core investigative journalism.

    CNN unfortunately has set the industry standard to cater to the lowest common denominator along with many newspapers in our country. It is an insult to the American education system and educated people to have to read this kind of pseudo-journalism.

    It is high time to raise the bar on journalism and force the industry to remove the marketing "experts" from journalism and journalistic integrity.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  17. Smith-in Lochmere Subdivision

    I live in the Lochmere Subdivision in Cary and only a couple blocks over from the Cooper's house. Over the 20 years that we've lived in this subdivision, I can say that we've never been concerned for our safety or the safety of our family...and still am not concerned. What happened to this beautiful lady, mother, wife, daughter, and friend is so sad and has effected us all in ways that's really hard to explain. We only hope that our law officials will take the needed time to find the killer and bring them to justice. Sure, we all have our own speculations of "who done it" but, it's not for us to solve. The evidence will lead us to the truth and for Nancy...may she rest in peace. Her children and family now need our love and our prayers.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
  18. Suzanne

    The husband is guilty of this murder, no doubt about it, period. Just a matter of time before the evidence points in his direction and he cops a plea.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  19. Cindy

    He did it. No doubt.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  20. Brenda

    This is an example of "it's their headline and your life." Think about this innuendo reporting being turned on you– because it can in the blink of an eye, and all of these people jumping to conclusions will be jumping to the same conclusions about you or your loved one.

    Clearly something bad happened and I pray for justice for Nancy Cooper and her family.

    However, JonBenet Ramseys parents, for more than a decade, were smeared with the death of their daughter and recently it was found that "media fueld innuendo" was part of the problem. Their DNA wasn't part of the problem.

    How reckless this story is! "He may or may not have bought bleach"??? What if this was you or your friend or child? What kind of investigative reporting is that? That is a hit and run smear. And even if it turns out to be true – why not wait until it's true to print it? What is the harm in waiting for confirmation?

    Whatever is in this snippet of news, it is not enough to make any fair-minded accusations worthy of a fair-minded people.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  21. Mike in NYC

    J (USA) wrote:

    "...Non white females – pregnant or not, young boys of different races, ... who are more likely to be abused & taken advantage of etc."

    Good point. Too many people think that the typical predator is a white male. Not true - non-white communities have more than their share of these tragedies.

    Betty wrote:

    "When a wife is missing, the spouse seems to always be connected to the disappearance of their wife."

    "Always"? Come on, get a grip. Really, a lot of comments in this thread have been way over the top.

    Nathan wrote:

    "Women need to take up arms and start blowing these losers away."

    The Second Amendment lives!

    July 16, 2008 at 8:27 pm |
  22. Annie Kate

    I extend my condolences to Nancy's family – what a horrible tragedy and unfortunately not as rare as we would like it to be.

    On who did it or who is suspected of doing it I hope people will remember that gossip and speculation does not convict a person although it can make them an outcast even when its wrong. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law – I hope we remember that and not participate in a rush to judgment.

    Again, my sympathies and best wishes to the family.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 16, 2008 at 8:25 pm |
  23. jen in cary

    I live in Cary, and this is the second high-profile, middle-class white spouse slaying we've had in this area. On top of that, I think she was pregnant and she had a small child left at home who was found making bloody footprints around the house. The husband, who was suspected of having an affair, was a suspect, but so far he has not been charged. We also had the wife and boyfriend who poisoned the husband with arsenic.

    Oddly enough, we have very low random crime in this area. I just think we end up with spoiled, selfish people who would rather kill their mate than make tough choices in their life, ie making a marriage work or just making a change and learning to parent from seperate houses.

    Whether her husband did it or it was random, we still have the same outcome: a murdered mother of two small children. Whoever took her life is a dispicable person.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  24. vern-anaheim ,ca

    probally the husband,who else is the first one to be suspected?

    July 16, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
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