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Police: Slain jogger's home, cars searched

Authorities investigating the killing of a Cary woman whose body was found in a subdivision construction site said Wednesday they have searched her family's home and vehicles.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said search warrants also allow police to obtain DNA evidence from the husband of Nancy Cooper.

Bazemore said Brad Cooper has been cooperative and had already allowed authorities to search his home and cars. Bazemore said the search warrants allow a more exhaustive search.

Police have not named a suspect or a person of interest in Nancy Cooper's death. The 34-year-old mother of two was found Monday by a man walking his dog less than three miles from her home.

A friend reported Cooper missing Saturday afternoon. Brad Cooper told police his wife went jogging in the morning and never returned. He also said he and his wife were having marital problems.

Bazemore said the husband is staying with friends and that an officer has been assigned to stay with him.

“We still are with Mr. Cooper, and we will continue to be as long as we feel it is necessary,” Bazemore said.

The chief declined to talk about how Nancy Cooper died or about other details, on the grounds it might hurt the investigation.

“As you know, the investigation is as important for ruling things out as it is for ruling things in,” she said.

The chief also repeated that the slaying wasn't an act of random violence and residents of the town shouldn't be fearful.

“We do not believe this case is connected to any other cases,” Bazemore said. “We do believe it is an isolated incident.”

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