Family Waits For Answers As New Struggles Emerge


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Family Waits For Answers As New Struggles Emerge

By Josh Egbert. CREATED Jul 17, 2014

Omaha, NE- Family and friends are waiting to hear how a mother and son died inside their west Omaha home this week. Maureen and Cooper Flanagan were found inside their home Wednesday morning. Douglas County Sheriff Deputies are waiting for autopsy results to release the causes of death. They believe they know how the two died.

KMTV Action 3 News has learned it's been a tough few weeks for the Flanaghan family. In June, Maureen's father passed away. Then just days later, Cooper attempted suicide.

The Farmington Woods neighborhood is quiet once again. The sheriff's office is gone and the crime scene tape taken down. But what happened inside one town home, remains a mystery.

"I can't even talk, I'm just confused." said Jessica Morrissey, who was a classmate of Cooper's at Millard North.

Deputies found the bodies of 54-year-old Maureen Flanagan and her 18-year-old son Cooper Wednesday morning. Maureen was found in the basement. Cooper was in the garage.

Investigators believe they know what happened, but are waiting to go public until autopsies are complete.

Maureen's sister, Amy Dorland, told KMTV over the phone from her home in Independence Missouri, the family is still processing what happened.

In June, Dorland says Cooper overdosed on pills the day after his grandfather died. Days later, police in Seward County arrested him for alcohol and weapons violations.

Dorland says he was stressed out and depressed, because he was his sick mother's caregiver. Maureen suffered from fibromyalgia and Lupus. Neighbors say they rarely saw the two out.

"My kids and I are out here playing a lot and I never really saw them around." said neighbor Tom McFadden.

Cooper had just graduated from Millard North High School in the spring. He was on the swim team and in marching band.