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Search continues for missing Cary jogger

Posted July 13, 2008
Updated July 14, 2008

— The search will continue Monday morning for a missing Cary jogger.

Nancy Cooper, 34, of Wallsburg Court, went running at 7 a.m. Saturday but did not return home.

"That was a little odd," said neighbor Diana Duncan. "She doesn't stand you up. She'll always call."

Duncan said that Cooper did not take her car, keys or identification when she went out.

A search party on Sunday combed Cooper's running route, which was believed to be the Lochmere Lake and Regency Park areas. Volunteers also plastered flyers with Cooper's photo on buildings and street signs.

"Officers (are) out here on foot ... We've had a K-9 out here," Capt. Michael Williams said. "We have had assistance from the National Guard that have flown routes for us in helicopters."

Divers also searched Lochmere Lake on Sunday as a precautionary measure, officers said.

Cooper was training for a half marathon and is a member of Lochmere Swim and Tennis Club.

"She has two beautiful little girls who I love so much," Duncan said. "We love her so much; we all do. We just have to keep looking on."

Cooper's husband said he and his wife were having marital issues, but he wouldn't discuss them further. He said this had been a very difficult time for his family.

He asked that everyone continue to spread around his wife's photo.

Cooper, originally from Canada, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair that goes just past her shoulders.

She was last seen wearing a T-shirt, running shorts and light blue running shoes.

Anyone with information about Cooper’s whereabouts is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4016.


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  • PaulRevere Jul 14, 2008

    All these posts that "the husband did it" get published, but mine suggesting she left on purpose wasn't. Ouch!

  • carolinarox Jul 14, 2008

    FYI...Jim Fixx was 39 when he died from his congenital heart condition. The argument then was that he probably would have died sooner had he not been in such good shape from running.

    Jim Fixx: 4/23/32 - 7/20/84, making him 52 when he died.

  • Reader Jul 14, 2008

    Get off the weight issue, please. Most good distance runners have naturally thin body types - my daughter is 5'9 and 120 pounds and she's a couch potato. I am nearly 50 years old and still 5'8 and 125. This lady runs a lot and is lean - unlike most Americans today. In another generation, slight people will have to apologize for NOT being overweight.

  • happymom Jul 14, 2008

    Did anyone actually SEE her jogging (aside from the hubby)?

  • owlady Jul 14, 2008

    because, Cary is considered a very safe place to live, so, Hmmm,
    I am suspicious of the husband in this case. But I also agree that jogging alone is not a good idea. and, Did she really go jogging? I know this has been already mentioned, but should be. I hope for the best, but fear the worst. Just read the news everyday and you know why!

  • abbott Jul 14, 2008

    Use MySpace and Facebook for something useful...post this story as a bulletin! That will get the word out everywhere!

  • Tired Of Excuses Jul 14, 2008

    This isn't looking very good. I hope they find her soon.

  • readyforgodswilltobedone Jul 14, 2008

    Who reported her missing?? Was it the husband or neighbor??
    This is very strange... I pray that she is ok.

  • smitty Jul 14, 2008

    Just what I needed, another excuse to not exercise.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Jul 14, 2008

    I don't mean to sound like i'm picking on this womans physical structure but 5ft9 and 120 pounds seems pretty frail to me. It was also said she had some issues with chrons disease, i'm wondering if any health issues had a role to play in her disappearance. Anyway, I live near this area and just came back from there not too long ago and saw most of the news trucks at a designated strip mall on Kildare Farm Rd.