Police release 911 calls in Cooper case

July 22, 2008 5:40:43 PM PDT
Cary Police have released the 911 tapes made the morning Nancy Cooper was reported missing and the evening her body was found. Nancy Cooper, 34, was reported missing by a friend on the afternoon of Saturday, July 12. Her husband, Brad, was apparently the last person to see her. He told police she went jogging that morning at 7 a.m., but never returned. Nancy Cooper's friend called 911 around 10 a.m. to report Nancy missing.

"According to her husband when I called around 9 he said she had left this morning around 7, but apparently she hasn't returned," the caller said. "The situation is a little bit... hum.. she should have been here."

Click here to listen to the audio 911 tape reporting Nancy Cooper missing. [Real Player is required]

"She's also having the same problem I am about her husband. Maybe that he's done something. I mean God forbid." The operator goes on to ask the caller if he'd been violent with Nancy in the past. "I don't know that he's been physically violent," the caller replied, "but there has been a lot of tension. So I wouldn't be surprised - I hate to say it."

The caller emotionally explains that it "was strange" Nancy Cooper left her identification and cell phone when she was expected at her home.

A second 911 call released by Cary Police details where and how a man found Nancy Cooper's body on Monday evening.

The caller reports that he was walking his dog when he found "a body" at the Oaks at Meadowridge development off Holly Springs Road. The caller told police he could see the body, but he quickly ran away. "I could see it. It wasn't that far away. I think she's dead and I couldn't see her moving."

Click here to listen to the audio 911 tape when Cooper's body was found. [Real Player is required]

Cary Police investigators have ruled Nancy Cooper's death a homicide. No suspects or person's of interest have been named in the case. Investigators say the crime is isolated, not random.

Police officials have searched the couple's home in Cary's Lochmere subdivision. A Wake County Superior Court judge has ordered the warrants sealed for 30 days.

Nancy and Brad Cooper have two daughters, ages 4 and 2. In a petition filed last week seeking custody of the Cooper's two young daughters, Nancy Cooper's father, Gary Rentz and sister, Krista Lister, say they don't believe Nancy ever went jogging, that Brad Cooper was unfaithful and that they fear he may harm or abduct the children. Rentz and Lister were granted temporary emergency custody and have take the children to their home in Canada for Nancy's funeral this week. They will have to return in time for another custody hearing on Friday.

The allegations in the petition, investigators' statements that the crime is not random, and their search of the home, along with a court order for Brad Cooper's DNA, have focused speculation and attention on him. But late last week Brad Cooper's attorney called the focus on his client "wild speculation" and said that Cooper has told police he did not kill his wife.

Brad Cooper's attorney, Seth Blum, tells Eyewitness News Brad will also not attend Nancy's funeral in Canada.

"He doesn't want to distract from Nancy's memory. He wants the focus to be on her, not him. He plans a private service here with friends," he said.

Brad Cooper's attorney released a statement Tuesday in response to the release of the 911 tapes by the Cary Police Department. "Until now, Chief Bazemore rightly insisted that her department withhold information to protect the integrity of their investigation. Unfortunately, today's leaks appear calculated to do nothing more than inflame already raw emotions," read the statement sent by Kurtz and Blum Law Offices. "Selectively releasing prejudicial information in this fashion is reckless, misleading and just plain wrong."

The Cary Police Department released the tapes in accordance with state public records law.


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