UPDATE: Neighbor, Classmate Talk About Omaha Double Death Investigation


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UPDATE: Neighbor, Classmate Talk About Omaha Double Death Investigation

By Kelly Bartnick. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

OMAHA, NE – Douglas County authorities are expected to release more information into a Northwest Omaha double death investigation following an autopsy Thursday afternoon. 


Investigators found 54 year-old Maureen Flanagan and her 18 year-old son, Cooper Flanagan dead in a duplex near 156th and Blondo. A friend asked Douglas County authorities to check on the family because they hadn’t heard from them for a week. 

“I was just shocked to find out what happened. I hadn’t heard too much about him at school, so I think he stayed pretty quiet,” said Jessica Morrissey who recently graduated from Millard North High School with Cooper Flanagan. 

Authorities found Maureen’s body in the basement. Cooper’s was in a vehicle inside the garage. Police believed they’d been dead for two days. 

“Family members obviously are distraught. Their friends are distraught because they're hoping for the best and we come here and find two deceased parties,” said Lt. Mark Gentile with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

Neighbor Jay Shattuck said Cooper was an Eagle Scout and Maureen battled Lupus and rarely left the home. 

“He [Cooper] was very sharp, very meticulous in all he did and he really made a real impression on me when I talked to him,” Shattuck said. 

Action 3 News confirmed Cooper Flanagan faced misdemeanor weapons and alcohol charges in Seward County. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest when Flanagan missed court Wednesday. 

Police said the deaths were not an accident. They were not looking for any other suspect. They would not release more details until autopsies and on the mother and son were complete.