July 22nd, 2008
09:13 PM ET

What happened to Nancy Cooper?

[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."]
Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

Care and concern. Two tiny words, two very clear emotions in the 911 calls released today by the Cary, NC police.

On Saturday, July 12, 34-year-old Nancy Cooper went for an early morning run, according to her husband. At 8 a.m. that day, she was due to meet a friend. Nancy Cooper never showed up. Six hours later, that friend was on the phone with 911.

Caller: Her name is Nancy Cooper.
Dispatcher: And what is her address?
Caller: Her husband and her are living together but they're in the middle of a divorce and he is, um… phew, okay hold on

Clearly upset, the friend takes a minute to compose herself.

One thing that stands out on this tape is the number of times she mentions a divorce and concern about Nancy’s relationship. At one point, the caller even wonders aloud to the dispatcher if “(…) maybe he's done something, I mean God forbid, but…”, referring to Nancy Cooper’s husband, Bradley.

But the thing is, her husband isn’t a suspect – police haven’t named any suspects in the case. Cooper’s attorney, Seth Blum, maintain his client’s innocence. “He has been very, very clear with the police,” said Blum. “He did not kill his wife."

Police say this mother of two was murdered, but won’t reveal how. A judge sealed the search warrant for the couple’s home and cars, concerned it could jeopardize the investigation and possibly a future defendant’s case. So then why release the tapes now? Police were adamant when we spoke with them this afternoon, telling CNN they are simply complying with the state’s public records law.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Erica Hill
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. marilyn from Australia

    Now hang on a minute, just maybe there was a murderer hanging around when she went for her early morning jog....maybe someone had been following her....very sad...where is the beautiful baby?

    July 23, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  2. Janna

    It's encouraging to hear that authorities won't give out more information than they have to. I'm hoping this will give them the opportunity to find justice for Nancy, her children and her family without the distractions of public speculation.

    July 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    As Anderson said on 360 tonight – "Hm, such a sad story.”

    July 22, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  4. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    This is just so wrong on so many levels...killing a mom.

    I hope they final get the person who did this, especially if this was done by her husband.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Timothy Nelson - Hopkins, Minnesota

    Greetings Erica,

    Good piece.


    July 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Crawford Bunkley

    Just like his goading of Senator Obama to go to Iraq, perhaps Senator McCain may regret getting the increased media coverage he says he is denied. If he gets it the meida may focus on all of his gaffes and question him about which war he says he won. " I know how to win wars," he says. Which war did he win? I thought the only war he fought was Viet Nam and didn't we get kicked out of that country?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    I know the spouse is always the first one looked at but a lot of people get divorced and stay friendly and don't kill each other. The investigation may not be releasing much information because there might be something unique about the murder that only they and the killer knows.....I just hope they catch whoever did it and can answer Nancy's family questions about what happened to her.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  8. Alexander

    Hey, Erica.: ) Glad to see you're back to posting a bit more regularly.: ) Interesting news note, I must say. Thanks for sharing.: )

    July 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm |