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Johnston woman's memorial scheduled

Posted July 22, 2008

— The family of Kelli Woolard made final arrangements Tuesday, 11 days after she was last seen alive.

Authorities confirmed that human remains found Friday in north Raleigh were the missing Johnston County woman.

Woolard's silver Jeep Liberty was found in the parking lot of the Growing Child day care, at 321 Spring Forest Road, Friday afternoon. A short time later, officers located human remains in a wooded area near the vehicle.

Woolard, 31, was a nurse at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Police said there were no indications of foul play.

Woolard's family scheduled a memorial service for Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Wendell, with visitation at 5 p.m. and the service at 7 p.m.


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  • BuggerOff Jul 24, 2008

    Not sure if it's true, but I heard this was a drug overdose, which is even more tragic due to her occupation. If that was the cause of case, that would certainly explain why it was handled differently than the situation with the Cooper case in Cary.

    Prayers and thoughts for those she left behind and anyone struggling with addiction.

  • 2thdoctordds Jul 23, 2008

    wcnc is correct. A suicide is quite different from a homicide. The difference is someone else stealing your life away and then a person ‘choosing’ to take their own life. Someone has not been arrested for the murder of Nancy Cooper and they are still wandering around Cary! Of course that will bring more concern than a suicide. Money is not the issue in these occurrences. As far as Eve Carson, she was the student body president of UNC and I think that does deserve a significant amount of coverage. She was about to graduate and enter medical school and her life was taken away from her and not to mention she was young.

  • 2thdoctordds Jul 23, 2008

    The family supported the Koka Booth Amphitheatre memorial service BTW. Not the tax payers of Cary.

  • 2thdoctordds Jul 23, 2008

    This lady did not live right down the road from Koka Booth Amphitheatre and spend time there. She is from Johnston County. That is why her memorial service isn't being held there.

  • DougWare.NET Jul 23, 2008


    I'm not saying we shouldn't try to reach out to these people. My point is that there was so little information provided that finding her in time to facilitate a change was slim.

    As to my point about not being able to stop someone who has set their mind on committing suicide, I was simply trying to state that no one is to blame (ie family, friends, etc).

  • Commentor5 Jul 23, 2008

    Stevesteve - yes it truly is - however, many people just don't get it - all lives are equal - all lives are valuable. I wonder who footed the bill for this service? Was it the tax payers of Cary??? I am so very sorry for this woman's death, but having a memorial service at KB rather than a church or perhaps the local country club or someone's home is a little over the top. American Soldiers who died fighting for my freedom to write what I am now writing don't get 'honored' the way the Cooper woman was honored - and that I don't understand.

    All lives are equal folks....

  • Stevesteve Jul 23, 2008


    Does this woman get a memorial service at Koka Booth Amphitheatre?

    I guess the life of a rich woman is more important than that of someone less well off.

    It's sad in so many ways.

  • ksjxtra Jul 23, 2008

    To fyiarp:

    Please get your quotes correct. "Money is not the root of all evil." The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

  • WRALFAN88 Jul 22, 2008

    Its a shame you aint hearing a whole lot about this wonderful life, but yet that woman from cary and the girl from UNC the media wont shut up about. Makes me sick how people with money even with they tragically pass away still are more important. Every life is special whether you have 100 dollars or 10000 dollars.

  • teacher-mom Jul 22, 2008

    This is so sad. My sympathy to the family.