July 17th, 2008
12:47 PM ET

Mom slain. Children at risk?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/17/art.nancywithbaby.jpg caption="Nancy with her child from the Town of Cary website."]
Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

Police say they have no suspect in the homicide of Nancy Cooper. And no person of interest has been named either.

But there is plenty of speculation – some includes Nancy’s husband, Bradley Cooper.

He told investigators his wife went jogging Saturday morning, and never returned. Her body was found two days later, floating in a pond, within a few miles of their home in Cary, North Carolina.

Nancy had been killed, although authorities won’t disclose how. The police chief called it an “isolated incident.”

Those who knew the 34-year-old say Nancy was a devoted wife and loving mother of their two young daughters.

Her family does not say the same about Bradley. According to Nancy’s father and sister, Bradley was having an affair and poses an imminent danger to the children.

We don’t know if those allegations are true. We do know that a judge today ruled there was enough evidence to transfer custody of the couple’s daughters to Nancy’s family.

The police continue to search for leads and for the killer. They have also searched the couple’s home and cars.

The town of Cary is grieving one of their own. It has also posted photographs of Nancy, her husband, and her children for the public. See the pictures.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. sharon

    ok everyone i`m from texas so you all know how we feel about the death penalty, so for all of you that think those poor kids are still safe with the man that killed their mother, next time you need a sitter look him up !!!! yeah didn`t think so.

    July 18, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  2. Sonya

    OMG! Michelle and Cindy,
    There was obviously enough evidence for the judge to believe that he would harm the kids further. Yes, taking away a child's parent does harm them- children look to their parents for protection. What would the father be protecting them from if he were to keep them?
    Both of you would be singing a different tune if someone you knew was murdered like this woman. Everyone would be a suspect.
    But I do wonder about the woman he was having an affair with. People are psychotic, especially when they think they're in love. I don't think the husband is innocent in this matter, but I do wonder why the "mistresses" are hardly ever named as suspects.

    July 18, 2008 at 8:00 am |
  3. jaydee

    All I hear are a bunch of "if;s". If he killed his wife. Would you want your kids taken away or the government to do anything drastic to you based on if. When, and if, it is proven he killed his wife, and he's put away, then take his kids. Why have them lose both mother and father on "if;s".

    July 18, 2008 at 5:41 am |
  4. Ilhana, Bosnia

    Wow, what nonsense are people willing to say (and sadly, think as well), just to be the first to comment a certain blog. Do you get a t-shirt for that? If he did kill his wife, what, he's uncapable of hurting his children???
    Innocent till proven guilty, that is a good postulate, and no one denies that, but there was clearly a reason why the kids were taken from the husband.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:19 am |
  5. Samantha

    I doubt he did it. She probably made up the whole story. The police are most likely in on it to cash that reward money.

    July 18, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  6. debby

    There is a reason they took the kids from their father! They always clear the husband as a suspect and move on from there. So evidently this father was not cleared as a suspect. This usally ends up the husband did it, and he shouldnt be allowed around his children if he killed their mother!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  7. WC Snyder

    If the FATHER turned up in the pond, would you take the kids away from the MOM?. If not, very sexist!!!!

    July 18, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  8. Deb

    Ohhh Common…….There are too many men who often kill their whole family for selfish reasons whether it be one or the whole family. A human life is precious and to take the life of any regardless if it is the one you love or have loved is not much different then taking their children's. He had no regard for his children's future and their quality of life as they will suffer daily without their mom for years and years to come. The question is: So do you really know who your married to? Many women think they do….Scary huh.......

    July 18, 2008 at 12:08 am |
  9. Katie Stanton

    Murder of women by intimate partners is an epidemic. It seems that nothing is being done to stop it. Children are also being killed at alarming rates in family violence incidents. If there were actually consequences for violence against women and children then maybe some of these horrific deaths would not have happened. It's time that people start waking up and put an end to this. The children's safety as well as their thoughts and feelings of where they feel the safest after losing their mother should be given the highest regard. Of course the kids are endanger from a murderer.

    July 17, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  10. Youle

    How many times do we turn the news on and find out some crazy husband has killed his wife and the kids. I find it strange that she went for a jog at 7am and he doesn't think there is a problem with her not coming home within an hour or so. Doesn't anyone think he should have been the one to report her missing not the friend. Better be safe then sorry and take the kids until this is sorted out. Besides judges don't just take kids away for no reason if anything they don't take them away from parents when they should. Thats why we have have so many kids end up messed up or dead.


    July 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
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