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Car linked to Cary slaying found

Posted November 21, 2008

— Police said Friday that a car believed to have been used by the suspect in a September slaying has been found east of Charlotte.

Maria Teresa Herrera-Diaz, 29, was found dead by her roommates at their home at 102 Dunhagen Place on Sept. 6. 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.

Cobos, 45, left the home between 4:15 and 5:15 a.m. on Sept. 6 and never reported to work at LaTapita Supermarket in Raleigh. Investigators said the believe he fled the area in a silver 2004 Saturn L-300, which belonged to the man who owned the home where Herrera-Diaz and Cobos lived.

Anson County deputies found the car abandoned off Boylin Road, north of U.S. Highway 74 east of Polkton, Cary police said. The keys were inside the car, which was still operable, police said.

Deputies said it appeared the car had been there for an extended period, police said.

Cobos remains on the loose. Police described him as an Hispanic man, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. In a picture distributed by police, he has a mustache, and police said he also has a goatee.

Anyone with information about Cobos' whereabouts is asked to call the Cary Police Department Watch Commander at 919-469-4016 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2745.


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  • kbo0801 Nov 21, 2008

    I look at WRAL everyday and this is the first that I have seen this also. But, of course Brad and Nancy have been all over the news taking up air time and Nancy and all of her tributes and whatever. Oh and BTW, with the way that the economy is why is CISCO still paying Brad Cooper? He is obviously not working if he is in a Wake county cell.

  • Adelinthe Nov 21, 2008

    This guy's well back in Mexico.

    Praying for the true loved ones of his victim.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • John Q Public Nov 21, 2008

    Cooper was about as well known in the community as this lady.

    This ladies murderer was also on the run while the main suspect in Cooper's was in the public eye going about his every day life. You'd think they would publish more about the guy the murder suspect that was missing as opposed to the suspect that the police have their eyes on every second of the day.

  • mmania Nov 21, 2008


    I wish you had your own blog so I could tell you how I really feel.

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  • mmania Nov 21, 2008

    Stupidbug & teirney

    I read AND watch the news (local, state and national) every single day. You and TEIRNEY need to watch your mouth when calling someone down. DONT GET HIGH AND MIGHTY.

    TEIRNEY: I'm not lacking in anything and I am certainly not race baiting. BTW I happen to be white.

    This story deserved the same attention the Cooper case got but it didn't and YOU TWO quit being throwing out adjectives to describe me when you don't even have a clue.

  • tierney3 Nov 21, 2008

    mmania, you must be lacking in comprehension and observation, there are 5 links to the side of the article to all the earlier articles.

    Instead of race baiting, look at the facts_ one started as a missing person case of a well known in the community wife and mother, which gets the media frenzy started. The other was a live in boyfriend killing his girlfriend in a house full of roomies. One involved an international custody battle the other did not.

    Do I need to go on?

  • cheddarhead Nov 21, 2008

    Yes, I remember the initial report as well.

  • Ladybug1 Nov 21, 2008

    It WAS ON the WRAL news. You shouldn't comment on things like that when you obviously didn't watch or have short term memory loss. They have a suspect, they just haven't found him. If he had been hanging around in this area, going on with life as usual there would have been more media coverage on him and what he was doing on a daily basis. He ran because he knew if he stayed he was going to prison. Some of you are always stirring that social pot! People get over it, it has nothing to do with race or money. Brad Cooper's arrogance has caused the Nancy Cooper case to get major attention.

  • PA Girl BA Nov 21, 2008

    I agree - I have not heard about this either. Very strange!!