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On Nancy Cooper's 35th birthday, friends say it's hard

Posted August 25, 2008
Updated August 26, 2008

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— Cary police said Monday they have no updates in the murder investigation of Nancy Cooper, who was found dead in an undeveloped subdivision last month.

Meanwhile, her friends set up a birthday remembrance at Cary's Java Jive coffee shop, which the mother of two frequented. Monday would have been her 35th birthday.

Cooper's husband, Brad Cooper, told police she went jogging around 7 a.m. July 12 and never returned. A man walking his dog found her body two days later just outside Cary's town limits.

Authorities won't say how she died, but have said they don't think the slaying was random. They have not named any suspects or persons of interest in the case and have said nothing about the case since the days following the discovery of Cooper's body.

Natalie Goldstein, who was in attendance Monday, said the coffee-shop memorial is an effort to keep the case in the public eye.

"People want to know that this is something that is going to be solved," she said. "Nancy can't speak for herself, so the community is speaking for her."

"All day today, it was a hard one,” friend Hannah Pritchard said.

Pritchard said that when she took her children to school today, Nancy Cooper should have been there.

"Walking through the hall without her just wasn't the same,” she said.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison was among Nancy Cooper's friends and others in attendance.

"Sometimes, we hear things when we attend these things," he said. "We hear things we haven't heard before. And by the neighbors and communities staying focused, keeping us on our toes, it helps a lot."

Police Chief Pat Bazemore said in a statement Monday afternoon that investigators continue their work on the case and that she is pleased with the progress they are making.

"We know that the best gift we could give (Nancy Cooper's family) and our community is to bring an end to this terrible period in their lives, and we're working hard each day with this in mind," Bazemore said.

"A resolution needs to be brought through soon and hopefully it will be,” friend Jenipher Free said.

Public suspicion surrounded Brad Cooper after court documents in a custody battle over the couple's two children painted him as an emotionally abusive and unfaithful. Brad Cooper's attorney has said his client had nothing to do with his wife's death.

Three search warrants – one for the Coopers' home, another for Brad Cooper's office where he works and another for an undisclosed location – could reveal more about the case. They are under seal until at least Sept. 2.

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  • bigbird1141 Aug 26, 2008

    It's random. The cops job is to do whatever it takes. They could be using pressure tactics to eliminate BC. They don't care who they hurt in the way. As long as they get there person or persons. Just because he was going through a divorce doesn't mean you kill the mother of your children.

  • pebbles262004 Aug 26, 2008

    "kbo0801" I just wonder how you would feel if it were one of your loved ones and someone posted the post that you just posted. You're pitful

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 26, 2008

    Hey Sadie...Are you forgetting she left behind a husband as well? Is he not worthy of our prayers?

    Yes he is worthy to have someone include him in prayers. Prayer hurts no one. You can pray for me. Praying do help.

  • kbo0801 Aug 25, 2008

    lunarmodule...Yep I sure am suggesting that the media over it and quickly. Let the law do what they are supposed to do and stop dragging this old news on and on. It is sickening! Honestly I do not care about this any more. I would rather here about aome news that I have not heard about a million times. than to hear repeat stories about Nancy Cooper. Dont like it too bad!

    As I stated earlier: Let her rest in peace, let her family mourn in peace and leave her husband alone if detectives can not find evidence to indict him. And as for family unless they are looking WRAL every day like I am then they do not even know that this story exist.

  • lunarmodule Aug 25, 2008

    I love to read all of the news but, this is a case that I pray get solved soon. If I see one more report I am going to lose it. Let her rest in peace, let her family mourn in peace and leave her husband alone if detectives can not find evidence to indict him.
    kbo0801

    Wow, how terrible that this tragedy and the coverage is annoying you so much. Please don't "lose it." Nancy Cooper was murdered by someone still at large. It's important to keep this story alive in the hopes it will be solved. Are you suggesting that the family just "get over it?" It's only been about six weeks.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 25, 2008

    As I have said in the past, the people on Death Row after roughly 1995-1996, were put there with OVERWHELMING evidence. They are ALL GUILTY. That wasn't true in the decades prior to 1995-1996.

    If this guy had murdered his wife in the 1980's or earlier, he would have already been on trial and most likely would have been convicted with circumstantial evidence. But today, we don't put a person on Death Row unless its proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    Today, he will NOT be convicted. He will not go to jail or Death Row. But he IS guilty.

  • kbo0801 Aug 25, 2008

    I love to read all of the news but, this is a case that I pray get solved soon. If I see one more report I am going to lose it. Let her rest in peace, let her family mourn in peace and leave her husband alone if detectives can not find evidence to indict him.

  • nothankyou Aug 25, 2008

    Hey Sadie...Are you forgetting she left behind a husband as well? Is he not worthy of our prayers?

  • sadie1278 Aug 25, 2008

    Keep her children, parents and siblings in yor prayers.

  • something2say Aug 25, 2008

    not a random act yet they don't have suspect and so far it doesn't look like they will! This is frustrating.

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