Autopsies have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday on the bodies of a mother and son found in their Omaha home Wednesday morning.
Authorities say the deaths of 54-year-old Maureen Flanagan and 18-year-old son Cooper Flanagan were not accidental, but they’re not speculating beyond that. Sources say it appears to be a murder-suicide, however no one wants to say with absolute certainty until they have all the evidence.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Cooper on Wednesday for failure to appear in court. He was facing several misdemeanors in connection with a traffic stop in Seward County. Police said he'd been drinking and was carrying a concealed weapon.
Friends who were with him during that stop tell WOWT 6 News it was simply a matter of bad circumstances and they want everyone to remember Cooper for the fun-loving teen he was. “Cooper wasn't a bad guy by any means,” says friend Jacob Hock. “He wasn't twisted, he wasn't sick, he was just a genuinely nice guy, just a goof and I just hope people know that."
No one had heard from Cooper or his mother since July 9th and they appear to have been dead for several days. Douglas County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mark Gentile said a family friend found the bodies at their residence near North 155th Avenue and Parker Street around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The friend had stopped by because she hadn't heard from anyone at the house and the mail was backed up.
"Family members are obviously distraught," said Lt. Gentile. "Friends are distraught. They are hoping for the best and then we come here and find two deceased parties. They're taking it very hard."
Maureen's body was found in the basement. Cooper, just out of high school, was found in the garage. Both appear to have died in different manners and while authorities say this was not accidental, they declined to elaborate on the apparent cause of either death. They are not looking for a suspect.
WOWT 6 News spoke to several people in the neighborhood who said Maureen kept to herself and was on permanent disability. We are told she suffered from lupus. "We know most of all our neighbors here," said Tom McFadden. "We didn't know them. I heard she was sick and inside a lot so that probably explains that."
“Her dad just recently died from Alzheimer's," said Shattuck. "I don't know if that triggered something. She was very reclusive because of her disease. And a very nice neighbor.”
Cooper, we’re told, just graduated from Millard North High School and had been on the swim team and in the marching band. Friend Justin Falck says Cooper and his mom had a good relationship. "There were never any problems. Every time we saw them they got along pretty well. His mom would call me quite a bit when I was out late with Cooper, like 'bring him home!’ They seemed to have a great relationship."