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Warrant establishes timeline for Cary woman's death

Posted September 10, 2008
Updated September 11, 2008

— A search warrant released by Cary Police Wednesday clarified the timeline in the death of Maria Teresa Herrera-Diaz.

Herrera-Diaz was found dead by her roommates Saturday morning at their home at 102 Dunhagen Place.

After a preliminary autopsy, police ruled her death a homicide, and issued a warrant for her boyfriend, Arnulfo Cobos, who also lived at the home.

According to the warrant, Herrera-Diaz and Cobos were seen together at the house at 11 p.m.

Cobos woke another resident of the home at 4 a.m. to say that he was going to work. Cobos asked the man, Elezar Diaz, Maria’s brother, to wake Maria at 7 a.m.

Elezar Diaz told police that he went back to sleep until 8 a.m. Police were called to the home shortly after 8 a.m.

Cobos did not report to work at the LaTapita Supermarket in Raleigh as scheduled Saturday, and his whereabouts were unknown, police said.

On Monday, police issued an all-points-bulletin for the car Cobos was believed to be driving -- a silver 2004 Saturn L-300, with North Carolina license plate number XWT-5469.

According to the warrant, the car belonged to the homeowner, Leonardo Sanchez Diaz.

Leonardo Sanchez Diaz consented to the search of the house, where police collected some bedding and clothes and come written and electronic documents.

Police described Cobos as an Hispanic man, about 50 years old, standing 5 feet 6 to 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. In a picture distributed by police, he has a mustache, and police said he also has a goatee.

Anyone with information related to this incident should call the Cary Police Department Watch Commander at 919-469-4016.


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  • teacher-mom Sep 10, 2008

    I think it would be bad to find someone dead. I hope they catch him. At least they have her body.

  • ShareTheRoad Sep 10, 2008

    maybe you just havent been reading this news. it's been on WRAL since before they even declared her death a homicide. perhaps you should check in more often.

    now, my question...this dude asked the neighbor to wake the victim at 7am...but the neighbor told the cops he went back to bed til 8? nice wake up call!

  • MellowMelnJC Sep 10, 2008

    ncguy...LOL they are to Busy in JC to mess with this!

    psychobabble-your about right!

  • anonemoose Sep 10, 2008

    This is the first time I've heard about this one. Where was Greta and Nancy and the rest of the elite media? Where were the live trucks at 5, 530, 6 and 630?

    Oh, I forgot, she wasn't rich and white.

  • ncguy Sep 10, 2008

    Where's the ACLU now?

    I mean the police are calling him a suspect- isn't that profiling?