- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Autopsies have been ordered for the bodies of a woman and her 18-year-old son that were found at their northwest Omaha home.

Chief Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Wheeler said Wednesday that the deaths of Cooper Flanagan and his mother, Maureen Flanagan, 54, don’t appear to be a double homicide. But Wheeler would not say whether investigators suspect the deaths resulted from a murder-suicide.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Gentile said no suspects were being sought. The officers would not comment about the manner of the Flanagans’ deaths.

Deputies who were sent to check on the Flanagans’ welfare Wednesday morning found her body in the home’s basement and his in a car in the garage. Gentile said the two hadn’t been seen since July 9, and a friend who dropped by noticed the mail was backed up. Investigators think the mom and son had been dead for at least two days.

“Family members are obviously distraught,” Gentile told WOWT. “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.”

Amy Dorland told the Omaha World-Herald that her sister suffered from fibromyalgia and lupus and that her son took care of “just about everything for her.”

A Seward County arrest warrant had been issued for Cooper Flanagan on Wednesday because he missed a court appearance. He was facing several misdemeanors in connection with a June traffic stop. Authorities said he’d been speeding and had alcohol with him.

One of Cooper Flanagan’s friends, Jacob Hock, told WOWT that Cooper “was just a genuinely nice guy.”


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