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Vehicles, man, woman sought in slaying of 80-year-old

Posted June 11, 2010

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— The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is searching for two vehicles and a man and woman they believe might be connected to the slaying of an 80-year-old Kenly man.

A relative found James E. "Tom" Cooper dead inside his home at 111 Crumpler Road Tuesday evening. An autopsy determined that he died of blunt force trauma to the head, and his death was declared a homicide Thursday.

On Friday, spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said that investigators are searching for a dark red or burgundy Chevrolet S-10 pickup with a light blue drivers' side fender and a small red passenger car with no hubcaps.

The vehicles might be occupied by a white woman with light-colored hair or a white man with long hair or a pony tail.

Authorities have not commented on a motive in the slaying. A neighbor told WRAL News that Cooper's home had been broken into a couple times over the past few months.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division at 919-989-5010.

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  • shortcake53 Jun 11, 2010

    I pray these creeps are caught soon and the poor victims family gets some justice. My sympathy to his family.

  • smegma Jun 11, 2010

    you go naturegirl. little expert forensics homicide detective from all those Forensic Files shows aren't you

  • Adelinthe Jun 11, 2010

    Their parents must be so proud, harming someone who could barely defend themselves.

    Praying they catch the rotters quickly, and praying for the loved ones of the elderly gentleman.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Mr. Sensible Jun 11, 2010

    Arm your selves. Be aware.

  • dwarner3 Jun 11, 2010

    just in case you aren't aware naturegirl, the police generally do not give out all the info they have so as not to tip off the family or friends of the suspects

  • rhowerton Jun 11, 2010

    HEY, AT LEAST THE NEIGHBOR CAME FORWARD WITH SOME VECHILES, WHY DON'T THE COWARD PEOPLE COME FORWARD.BLESS THE NEIGHBORS

  • naturegirl Jun 11, 2010

    hmmmm, how many different car models do you think match the description of a small red passenger car with no hubcaps? Surely the police could have checked DMV records for this man and given a specific description of the vehicle?