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Attorneys' Web page seeks to help find Nancy Cooper's killer

Posted August 1, 2008 3:40 p.m. EDT
Updated August 7, 2008 7:52 a.m. EDT

— Attorneys for a slain Cary woman's husband say they have set up a Web page to help police find out who killed her.

"We are reaching out in this way in an attempt to bring 21st century communication techniques to bear and to help motivate any possible witnesses to speak up now," Brad Cooper's attorneys, Howard Kurtz and Seth Blum, said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Nancy Cooper, 34, was found dead July 14 in an undeveloped subdivision just outside Cary's town limits. Brad Cooper told police his wife went jogging in the Lochmere area of Cary around 7 a.m. July 12 but never returned home.

A friend reported Nancy Cooper missing later that afternoon after she failed to show up to help paint her dining room.

Authorities have not named a suspect or person of interest but have said the crime was not random.

The Web page provides a description of what she was wearing when Brad Cooper said she left for the jog and "implores" the public to call or send an e-mail to attorneys with any information they might know about the case. It also gives the number for the Cary Police Department for people to call, if they prefer.

"We know that coming forward can be intimidating," the Web page says. "However, the help of the community is our best tool to ensure that justice is served. We appeal to your sense of civic responsibility."

Cary police authorities have released little information about the case, including a cause of death.

Three search warrants – one for the Coopers' home and vehicles, another for Brad Cooper's office at his employer Cisco Systems and a third for an unspecified search location – have been sealed until at least mid-August.

In court documents filed last week, family and friends have suggested that Nancy Cooper never went jogging and that something might have happened to her.

Kurtz and Blum have said Brad Cooper has told police he did not kill his wife and on the Web page, say he that "he has cooperated extensively with law enforcement in an attempt to find the killer or killers."

Cary police would not comment on the Web page or the status of the investigation. No one in the Wake County District Attorney's Office could be reached for comment.

Alice Stubbs, a Raleigh attorney representing Nancy Cooper's family, however, told WRAL News that they would respectfully ask that anyone with information about the case to call Cary police, not Brad Cooper's attorneys.

She said the police department is the most appropriate contact for any information relating to a homicide investigation.