Hundreds attend services for Cooper

July 24, 2008 8:08:46 AM PDT
Funeral services were held in Canada if the Nancy Cooper, the Cary woman found murdered last week. Cooper, 34, was found dead last Monday after a three-day search throughout Cary. Police say her husband, Brad Cooper last saw Nancy when she left for a jog in the early morning hours of July 12.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral services at Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonton, Canada - Nancy's hometown, and where her parents still live.

Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz were granted temporary custody of Nancy's two daughters from Brad. In a petition they filed last week, they claimed Brad Cooper wasn't a fit parent. Brad Cooper has been accused, by his wife's family, of having an affair and emotionally abusing his wife and children. The allegations have not been proven by police.

The couple's children are expected to attend Wednesday's funeral. The Rentz family is expected to bring the children back to Cary on Thursday. Another custody hearing is expected Friday to decide a long-term custody arrangement for the two girls.

This past Saturday, friends and family gathered for a memorial service for Cooper in Cary. The service was attended by Cooper's parents, siblings and her children. Her husband did not attend. Brad Cooper will not be at the funeral in Canada as well.

Brad Cooper's attorney, Seth Blum, tells Eyewitness News "He [Brad] 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," Blum said.

Cooper was born and raised in Edmonton, but moved to Cary when her husband, Brad Cooper, was offered at Cisco.

Cary Police release the 911 tapes

Nancy Cooper was reported missing by a friend on Saturday, July 12. Her husband told police she went jogging that morning 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.

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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