Timeline of Events
- On Friday evening, July 11th, 2008, Brad, Nancy and their two
daughters attended a neighborhood barbecue. Brad took the children home
around 8 pm while Nancy stayed at the party until approximately 12:30
- Just after 4 am, Brad woke up to his younger daughter Katie
(almost 2) crying for a bottle of milk. He was trying to calm her down.
Shortly afterwards, Nancy woke up. They were trying to wean her off
bottles of milk, so they were looking for other ways to calm her down.
It also didn't help that they were out of milk.
- The two of them started some laundry. It was typical for this family
to wake early in the morning since Nancy often went running at that
time. Finally, shortly after 6 am, Brad went to the local Harris Teeter
store to buy milk for Katie.
- He returned home with the milk. Nancy gave Katie the bottle but
they realized, after several loads of laundry, that they were out of
laundry detergent. Brad went back to the store to buy some. Harris
Teeter is approximately 2 miles from the Cooper home. While en route to
the store, Nancy called Brad and asked him to pick up some green juice
for their older daughter. This phone call was received at 6:40 am, just
before Brad was seen entering the Harris Teeter parking lot and
- Brad returned home and took his daughter upstairs to the home office
so she could finish her bottle while he got some work done. Just prior
to 7:00 am, Nancy shouted at him from downstairs asking about one of her
jogging shirts. Before he could respond, Nancy shouted "never mind" and
left for her run.
- Brad made plans to play tennis the evening
before with a friend. They planned to meet at 9:30 am on the next day.
When Nancy hadn't returned home by then he called his friend, Mike
Hiller to cancel, telling him that Nancy had not yet returned from her
- Brad received phone calls from two of Nancy's friends that morning
and he told them that he thought she may have gone jogging with a
friend, Carey Clarke, but that she hadn't returned yet.
- As it got later, Brad became worried and called Nancy's friends,
Jessica Adam and Hannah Prichard, to see if either of them knew Carey
Clarke's phone number. They didn't. Brad told Jessica he was going to
put the girls in the car and drive around to look for Nancy.
- At 2:15 pm, Jessica Adam called police. The phone call is available
- In that phone call, Jessica implied that Brad may have
had something to do with Nancy's disappearance.
- Over the next 2 days police questioned Brad repeatedly and he fully
cooperated with them. Brad spent over ten hours answering every question
police could think of, probing into his personal life, and yet he
remained open and honest. The police followed him but claimed it was to
protect him, yet they didn't put a police trail on the children.
- Nancy's body was found on the evening of July 14th in a drainage
pond in a new construction area three miles from the Cooper home. The
autopsy report would later indicate that she was most likely
- Police took possession of the Cooper home on July 15th as part of
- On July 16th, one day later, Nancy's parents filed for temporary
custody of the children and the judge granted them custody.
- In early October, Brad agreed to undergo a custody deposition
hearing in order to regain his children. It was seven hours long and was
more interrogation than deposition. Very specific questions were asked
about the events leading up to, and following Nancy's disappearance. It
was evident that the police supplied questions to the custody
- Police reviewed the deposition and noted what they considered
inconsistencies in some of his statements. Weeks later, at
the end of October, 2008 Brad was indicted for the murder of Nancy,
based on the state of their marriage, allegations that Brad never
cleaned the house and of course, the tainted computer evidence.